Yahoo recently began beta testing Mash, the company's
experimental social networking web site that will allow Yahoo users to share
information with one another. Mash is Yahoo's latest attempt at social
networking after failing with Yahoo 360 and its bid to purchase Facebook.
Yahoo aims to implement features that will differentiate Mash from other
services, but exact details remain unknown. One perk already known is the
ability for users to edit profiles that belong to their friends.
Yahoo started inviting a small number of testers to the service late last
week. Users who have not been invited to the service are unable to view
the site, however; the head of the Mash team has a public blog which details the
current status of the project.
For any DailyTech readers who are now
Mash users, the head of the Mash development team, Will Aldrich, has a message
"Mash is still pretty raw — there are bugs and we haven’t gotten to
several of the features it really should have," he posted in the
blog. We need to hear from you about where to focus our efforts. So leave
comments here in the blog, on my profile, or on Mash’s suggestions board. We’re
A New York Times blog points
out a number of different features that the early version of Mash does not
utilize. For example, private messaging for users to message other users
has not been activated by Yahoo. Users also do not have the ability to
post information and personal details.