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[ July 17, 2006 ]

Customizable Yahoo Finance Modules

Yahoo has finally let loose with their new Finance site modules. Naturally, this was timed to coincide with the launch of the new Yahoo homepage as well as the new Finance page.

I have some problems with these things, though. First of all, I added a red border to the example below so that you can see the large whitespace at the bottom. The height of the iframe can easily be changed to compensate for that, but I have no way of knowing that the space in question will never be used, so I am hesitant to remove it. I have tried adding more stock symbols to see if that would increase the height of the widget in order to fill the whitespace, but instead of filling the space, the iframe was only made taller.

My second concern is that of advertising. Clearly, there is no advertising on this widget today, other than links to other Yahoo properties. And I’m fine with that. But I have a feeling that the space at the bottom might be allocated for future ads. If I could put my YPN ID into the code and receive targeted ads in that space, I wouldn’t mind. But I certainly don’t want the kind of ads that I expect from Yahoo in that space–the kind of ads that annoy me every time I fire up Yahoo Messenger. The jury is still out on this one.

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