Its been a year

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On July 1st of 2004 i.e. last year, I turned from an intern to a full-time employee at Yahoo!.

Wait a minute, one whole year is already over! OMG!


A while ago, there was an internal discussion on why people have worked at Y! for years and years and still stick around. So, I started to think of my reasons on why I like it here...

The single biggest motivating factor for me is the smart people here. I remember reading somewhere that "Great programming is not about great pieces of code. It's about being surrounded by smart people". It aptly describes my experience at Y!. The amazing part is that most people I've met here don't see the difference between work and fun. They just have a ball at what they do. And I always learn something interesting everyday from them.

The second reason is that there's something exciting going on here every single day. For example, the My Web 2.0 Social Search that was announced just a few days ago, and the Maps API that was released yesterday...

There's excitement in my work too - there are too many projects coming up at work that I have less and less time to spend on my other activities which is a bit disappointing but I guess you can't have it all :)

Coming back to Buzz, for which I've been the sole engineer for over a year, did you know it has a related billboard at Times Square in New York City right now? :D

What was the top search in January 2005?

( Note: Erik has more photos )

That's right, Buzz is what generated that data for that billboard :)

Contrary to the easy-going lifestyle that you might have heard, I've been through many all-nighters but I'm better now and never gonna do that again ;)

As the Chinese saying goes "May you live in interesting times". That's true more now than ever before in this computing era. I'm just happy to be in one of the centres where many of these interesting events are taking place and get to be a part of it.

As my tagline (in my internal profile) goes : Live. Life. Work. Yahoo.


niara says:

So when 'n where is the party? : )

Nitin says:

Congratulations Swaroop.
Great to know you have enjoyed the year.

I wish you enjoy more and achieve more in the days to come by!

Have a rockin time!

Gavri Fernandez says:

You were the SOLE engineer on Buzz for over a year?
Damn! You people DO do cool stuff in Yahoo Bangalore! :)

P.S: Excuse the consecutive "do"'s in that sentence :P

angeline says:

CONGRATS swaroop :)
May Y! continue motivating and inspiring you.

Tanvi says:

Hey, Congratulations!
It is very important that you enjoy your work otherwise it seems to be a burden. I am glad you are enjoying it. Keep it up!

Swaroop says:

@Niara: When are you free? :)

@Nitin, @Angeline, @Tanvi: Thank you all :)

@Gavri: I _still_ am the sole engineer unless you are interested in joining since new positions have opened up :D

Azmi Ahmad says:

Congrats dude.
Very few people are lucky enough that "they don’t see the difference between work and fun" ;) and I am glad that u are one of them.

Swaroop says:

@Gavri: Since we were talking about cool work... did you know that [Gopal]( and [Arun]( worked with Rasmus on a [core part of PHP 5.1]( :) ... see the [NOTICE file of APC]( for more details.

Srinivas says:

Congrats dude

niara says:

Swaroop, I was serious.
: )

Gavri Fernandez says:

@Swaroop: Thanks. Now another two blogs I have to read every time I come to office in the morning. :) Filed under the Yahoo folder.

P.S: Wow! Someone actually uses the Slashdot Journalling option :)

Manasapujha says:

Hey that's gr8....CONGRATS bro
Hope u njoy ur work the same way in the years to come
wishin u good luck
n obviously waitin for a grand treat

Sharninder says:

Congratulation Swaroop.