One of the handiest features of the new Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 BETA is the inline video player. Unlike older versions of Yahoo! Messenger, 9.0 BETA automatically plays videos from services like YouTube and Yahoo! Video right in the IM window while you chat. No longer do you have to click the link that a friend sends you to watch on a separate website. Here’s how it works…
If a friend IM’s a video link to you from a site like YouTube or Yahoo! Video, a small video window will automatically appear in your conversation. Just click the play button on the video window to start viewing. The inline video player currently supports videos from Yahoo! Video, YouTube, Google Video, Im.tv, and Veoh.
To share a video from Yahoo! Video or YouTube with a friend, first get the link to the video from the website. On Yahoo! Video, click the “Share” button near the bottom of the video and copy the link in the “Link” box. Or copy the URL from the browser address bar (sample link: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2202820/6961859).
On YouTube, you can copy and paste the link from the browser address bar, such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-jEc5UA_Ew. If you see a YouTube video on another site that you want to share, click the “YouTube” logo button in the lower right corner, then copy the link in the ‘url’ box.
Once you have the link, just paste it into the text box in your IM window and hit Send. We’ll take care of the rest! Looking for some fun videos to share? Check out the 2008 Yahoo! Video Awards.
P.S. – Are there other video services you often share links from? Let us know by leaving a comment here on the blog and we’ll try to support it in future versions of the inline video player.