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Facebook & Yahoo!: 'Substantial collaboration'?.

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Craig Jackson

Front End Web Developer

Towards the end of last year, fresh reports about rumours of a Facebook and Yahoo collaboration surfaced. People began talking right away about how the two companies could be co-operating to create a search engine that would be able to rival Google.

Towards the end of last year, fresh reports about rumours of a Facebook and Yahoo! collaboration surfaced.

People began talking right away about how the two companies could be co-operating to create a search engine that would be able to rival Google.

Yet, this kind of talk has been going on for years and it seems, in all honesty, a little far fetched to say the least.

To start with, here is what the Telegraph reported on the matter:

“Sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo!, has held discussions with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, about how the two companies can work more closely together. The two internet giants have already collaborated together on a number of small projects, for example to share Yahoo! news on Facebook, and recently agreed to settle a number of long-standing lawsuits over patents. However, board members expect the talks to lead to much more substantial collaboration based around web-based search.”

In that statement, there is absolutely no solid information what so ever to suggest that the two companies are combining to create a search engine. On top of the lack of evidence is the simple fact that Facebook is already partnered with Bing when it comes to search.

Bing, Microsoft's search engine, has a substantial amount of power behind it and so it simply would not make sense for Facebook to attempt to break existing agreements with them.

I’m not sure what the Yahoo! and Facebook partnership will produce, but I am confident that it will not be a search engine. Though, even if it was; it would not be rivalling Google anytime soon.