Interview with Mike Kerns, VP Yahoo! (#leweb)

Mike_KernsMike Kerns is Vice President, Social, Games & Personalization at Yahoo!. He is “responsible for developing experiences that drive richer personalization, support meaningful social engagement, and create new social advertising solutions, across the entire Yahoo! network of sites”. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Citizen Sports, maker of social and sports-related applications found on the Facebook, Android and iPhone platforms, acquired fromYahoo! in 2010.

During our short chat, we discussed about the opportunities for Yahoo! in social media environment and  I learned that:

– Yahoo! uses the informations about the users it gathers from third party sites like Facebook and Twitter to better personalize their experience on its network;

– the big trend of social media in 2011 will be location. As he told me, “in social media what is important is your identity (who you are), your reletionships (who are your friends), your interests (what do you care about) and now increasingly your location (where you are);

–  Facebook Places will be successful but there’s room also for the other services. For Yahoo! the opporunity is about providing meaning around users’ location;

– next phase in competition with other players like Google will lead the company to invest in personalizing the user’s media consumption experience.

This and more you will find in the following seven minute podcast

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