While I like what I know, I have decided lately that being open to many different things; things I ordinarily might not have been familiar with is a good thing. I found sushi that way, I found Charleston South Carolina that way, but it was a completely unrelated event which led me from my usual spot in the financial discussion boards to the foreign territory of places I’d dare not tread. You see for some time I have been an active investor; only recently; within the last year or so have I been a frequent visitor to the financial discussion boards. I first found the financial discussion boards over stocks I was invested in on Google. Google Finance seemed to be the preferred method for finding out stock info; still, these were search results from Google so it stands to reason that Google Finance would be the most found place to look from a Google search. Still, right up there with all these Google Finance results were inevitably other competitors; one of the most often competing with Google Finance for dominance in these searches was Yahoo!
Google Finance vs. Yahoo! Finance: Layout: One of the things I really appreciated about Google Finance was the clean layout. There were no distractions, much like the Google search layout. Everything was easy to find; charts, numbers, graphs, news; and it made the Google Finance experience that much more black and white. In my recent experience I’d come to find that the Yahoo! Finance layout was similar to Google Finance; while things were in different spots, it made no less sense for the searching individual. Still, I found myself drawn to the Google Finance discussion boards; thus my relationship with Google was solidified.
Google Finance vs. Yahoo! Finance: Discussions: The discussion boards or message boards on these two titans of industry differed greatly. On the Google Finance page the discussion boards were lain out by topic. You could see what the topic was, how many others have commented and then you click between discussion threads. The whole body of the thread will have all the posted replies. Yahoo! Finance message boards on the other hand, have this very archaic formatting of individual posts. You have to click through every individual posting to every individual thread which can be, frankly, exhausting. This was another reason I found myself more drawn to Google Finance discussion boards.
Google Finance vs. Yahoo! Finance: Switch: I never really even imagined I’d be on Yahoo! Finance message boards. I knew many of the regular personalities from Google Finance discussion boards and their regular contributions kept me as up to speed as I’d wanted to be. So Yahoo! Finance message boards never crossed my path until one day…the link to Google Finance discussion boards just disappeared from the Google Finance page! I am not a regular contributor to the Google Finance discussion boards but I do read these posts from these individuals. I liked their regular banter and as a regular reader you pretty well can gauge people’s contributions as good information or useless pumping or bashing. Still without the regular influx of the Google Finance discussion boards, I felt a little lost. So I migrated to the Yahoo! Finance page and found a lot of the Google Finance regulars had as well.
Google Finance vs. Yahoo! Finance: Endgame: Google Finance discussion boards were down for a few days and so I navigated the Yahoo! Finance message boards for a while. However, what I discovered in the end was that I didn’t really need either of these outlets. While both are good places for folks to check out what’s going on in the stock market, both are horrible wastes of time and energy. So until some new news breaks which is just too dynamic for me to ignore, I’m off both Google Finance discussion boards and Yahoo! Finance message boards.
Although, if I’m not on either of these discussion boards, how will I know when some news breaks? Oh damn! I’ve got to get back on the boards again!