The Web portal said Wednesday that it plans to shut down its online invitations site. Yahoo Invites is a stand-alone site that allows people to send and manage online invitations for events and get-togethers.
"We apologize, but the Yahoo Invites service is no longer offered," a note on the site read. "You can still view existing invitations until April 5, 2002. On that date, all invitations will be permanently deleted from the Yahoo Invites Web site."
The note added that people can still send invitations through a separate service in Yahoo Calendar.
Most of the changes underscore an overall strategic shift at Yahoo. Company executives have outlined plans to whittle down their businesses and to focus on their strongest areas. They also have emphasized a need to offset steep revenue declines from the online advertising collapse by applying fees to areas that were once free.
"We are focused on developing deeper, richer and better services for consumers, with better financial returns," a company representative said. "We determined that eliminating Yahoo Invites would provide us the opportunity to focus on services that provide more value to consumers and our investors."