Yahoo! Friends Facebook

YahooLogo.jpgYahoo! will connect with Facebook Connect during the first half of 2010: The two companies announced that members of the social-networking site will be able to use Facebook Connect to log into Yahoo! offerings including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Finance and Flickr.

The two companies already had an existing arrangement under which Facebook users could access their streams on Yahoo!’s homepage and share Yahoo! content on Facebook, according to The New York TimesBits.

Yahoo! vice president of communities Jim Stoneham said:

With this integration, we are opening the door for two of the Internet’s largest online communities to make it easier for people to stay connected. It also enables us to further the Yahoo! Open Strategy, which is aimed at making experiences dramatically more open, social and personally relevant for the more than 500 million people who visit Yahoo! each month.

And Facebook Developer Network director Ethan Beard added:

As one of the largest sites on the Web, Yahoo! is an ideal partner to integrate with Facebook Connect, enabling users to share meaningful content with their friends on Facebook from Yahoo!’s wide range of category-leading properties.