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Yahoo AU uses the Opera Man

April 17, 2006

Yahoo Australia has added the ‘Opera Man’ on its homepage.

The hitching Opera Man was first introduced as part of the Opera 8 campaign. It was never really popular in the Opera community.

But it’s apparently popular with some after all.

Opera doesn’t have a mascot at this time. Some in the Opera community suggested that the Opera Man might become Opera’s new mascot, though Opera denied this multiple times.

There was actually talk in Opera about introducing an official mascot, but that seems to have died down.

Yahoo’s use of the Opera Man

Hat tip to santouras.

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  1. April 17, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    The Opera Man is retarded. It’s hard enough to build credibility in the U.S. with a browser named “Opera” in the first place. A hitchhiking guy in a cape doesn’t exactly help. Yes, a cool mascot would do us a world of good, assuming they pick the right one.

  2. Anonymous
    April 17, 2006 at 4:20 pm

    It shows that they have sense of humor and are confident in their product enough to be able to joke about it.

  3. April 17, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    >Opera doesn’t have a mascot at this time

    No! we already have a mascot.
    She is called ‘OPERA-TAN’.


    She is famous in Japan!
    i hope that you like her.

  4. Anonymous
    April 17, 2006 at 5:46 pm

    Anyone else notice that dude’s wearing a Power Rangers costume?

  5. April 17, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    Any lawsuits pending? $-)

  6. Six of One
    April 17, 2006 at 6:19 pm

    As far as I know this is just some silly stock photo.

  7. April 17, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    What was the other company that stole the Opera Man not long after Opera 8 was released?

    And no.. it’s not a stock image, it’s an Opera employee…. in fact according to Olli it was Håvard dressed as power ranger before going on a date! :p

  8. Anonymous
    April 17, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    I think Olli was joking.

  9. April 17, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    d3bruts1d, it was some German site that also used this image.

  10. Anonymous
    April 17, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    I was laughing as soon as I saw the Opera-Man

  11. April 18, 2006 at 11:30 am

    “It was never really popular in the Opera community.” Hah, rubbish! Me really liked it good. Of course we knew Captain Opera’s time among us was limited, he had others to save, but it was great knowing him as long as it lasted.

    That he’s found a fresh new life in Australia, a very long hike from Norway I might add, makes me very happy and almost a little choked up.

  12. Anonymous
    April 18, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    I liked OperaMan too. Wasn’t sure about the Power Rangers connection but who else was going to notice?
    You can’t tell me the Bork edition wasn’t goofy, but it got more publicity than anything other than the CEO swimming the Atlantic!

    Opera’s marketing strategy IS being goofy. It’s a copy of IKEA’s unbelievably successful marketing strategy. It’s saying we’re so good, we don’t have to worry about being credible. Think how powerful that is. Look at how recognition of Opera as being the best browser has grown in the last year.

    IKEA’s is better, of course. In the same way IKEA tease us for being too conservative, Opera could tease IE/Firefox users for putting up with lesser browsers.

    Maybe some joke about how Norwegians believe that hell is place full of PCs running IE.

    Someone send this to the marketing guys in Opera.

  13. April 18, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Medina and the IRC Crew already decided on a Cow being the Official Opera Mascot. MooOpera™ > you.

  14. Anonymous
    April 19, 2006 at 6:18 am

    OperaMan looks a lil gay

  15. Anonymous
    April 19, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    Opera Man blows donkey nuts.

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