Quite a few people got laid off at Yahoo today; reports are trickling in from Twitter.
UPDATED: This hit techmeme; adding a few details throughout.
"We are aligning resources to support our big bets: starting points, must buy, and open," a Yahoo spokeswoman said. That refers to Yahoo's new mission of being the most popular starting place for people on the Internet and the most popular advertising platform, as well as the company's focus on opening up Yahoo's network to third-party publishers.
Asked to confirm the exact number of employees affected or what departments they were in, the spokeswoman said the company was not providing details.
"We're making these targeted reductions in areas of our business that don't support our critical growth initiatives," she said.
Some news coverage:
Yahoo Layoffs Happening Now - Search Engine Land roundup.
Some people by name:
Susan Mernit (Personals)
Well, the law of continuous revolution just gave me a good shove.
Today is my last day at Yahoo and the start of something new.
Patrick Houston (Lifestyles) - via PaidContent
I’m told now the number for the Media Group will be about 50. That’s lower than it probably would have been had other actions like the dismantling of the Brand Universe group (some reassigned, some laid off) not already been taken in the last few months.
It turns out that this force reduction included [me] Randy Farmer and Chip Morningstar - much to our mutual surprise as we each had strong contributor/leadership roles in the company. From here it looks like they might have gone after those with larger salaries given the number of top-quality people we saw get the axe today. Given what we were working on, it was doubly confusing.
Ryan Kuder who was twittering the news.
Holy crap! Just catching up...What an overwhelmingly supportive response to my layoff tweets today. Y'all are awesome. Thank you.
Salim Ismail (Brickhouse) (TechCrunch)
Salim Ismail, who has led Yahoo Brickhouse since since March 2007, left the company today as part of broader layoffs at Yahoo. Layoff packages were being offered, he said, and he left voluntarily.
There's more I'm sure.
Tips for someone starting an alumni association: use free infrastructure, like a mailing list and some kind of directory, to bootstrap yourself. See e.g. the Cisco Alumni Association which now numbers 700+ ex-Cisco employees on a Yahoo group and in LinkedIn.
Predictably, the recruiters have chimed in:
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