As a photographer myself, I’m going to be doing a little experiment and changing my default search engine to Yahoo for a few days. I’m going to see how bad/good it actually is. I will report back to this topic when the experiment is done. Part of me is glad that I came across this link.
I believe they thought that photographers might appreciate the continuously changing background image over the slightly inferior search results. I don’t think they necessarily said that it is “a better search engine for anyone” or for people who just don’t like Yahoo altogether.
The search results are actually fine so far. Then again, I have had very little issues with Bing and other search engines that are powered by it.
Who even uses search engine home pages any more? I haven’t logged into my Yahoo account since they sold Flickr and before that, only when I had to. It looks about like I remember, which is not good. It takes two clicks to get to the search page(I guess that you could bookmark it) and each page that you click through has a search bar at the top. Having a random, usually pixelated image in the background doesn’t make it any better for me.
Just as an aside - maybe you’re already aware - but Flickr now belongs to SmugMug and thank goodness, one of the first things they did was get rid of that Yahoo login. I’m still using Flickr and even though it’s kind of stagnating, it works well.
To be fair, Bing certainly isn’t as bad as it used to be. It’s on par with Google nowadays (especially in terms of features and looks). The adoption rate of Bing has increased alongside the adoption rate of the new Microsoft Edge.