There's a new Chief Yahoo in town, and the snark is flying fast and furious.
I guess when you're named CEO of a company that everybody else has given up for dead it's a bit like being named captain of the Titanic shortly after the iceberg has been engaged. (Memo to RIM: Hope you're paying attention here.)
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Ex-PayPal president Scott Thompson is slipping into Carol Bartz's old size-9 stiletto heels at Yahoo, but judging by the reaction on the blogosphere he might as well be stepping off a cliff.
- Rick Aristotle Munarriz at Motley Fool: "Yahoo hires a new Spinal Tap drummer."
- Ryan Tate at Gawker: "Yahoo's animated corpse has a new CEO, and he's a huge nerd."
- GigaOm's Om Malik: "Brand-new CEO, same old messed-up Yahoo."
Yo, the man's been on the job about 15 minutes. Can't he get no respect?
PayPal has certainly become the jewel in eBay's otherwise tarnished crown (available for a special Buy It Now price of only $99.95 -- order yours today!). But that isn't enough to impress the cynical masses, who've been down this road a few times with Yahoo. Per Munarriz:
There's no denying that the online financial payment platform is the Kim Kardashian of eBay's family tree -- but it's still a Kardashian. What can Yahoo gain by bringing on a transaction specialist? Then again, what was Yahoo thinking when it turned to a Hollywood executive or a retired CEO of an architecture software company for leadership?