Sitting in the inaugual eTel Conference, musing on the way Yahoo! employees sound when commenting in public about (or even anywhere near to) Google these days...very defensive. "We're bigger" seems to be one of the main messages...which frankly isn't compelling (especially if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where MiniCooper ads have informed us fully that "Small is Beautiful". We love small and independent. Its not cool to go to Starbuck's when we have Peet's and Muddy Waters...Its not cool to go to Home Depot when we have Cole's Hardware and Cliff's Variety....)
So, What's Up with the Yahoo! folks? IMHO, they should welcome the competition and use it to get stronger. Healthy competition and diversity makes for healthy markets. Stop being so darned defensive and focus on just being great!