If you’re a new user of Yahoo! Messenger or want to brush up on some of the many features Yahoo! Messenger offers, here’s your chance.
Yahoo! Messenger is happy to announce a new resource for Messenger users, called the Workshop. These Workshops are live, online, moderated chats led by Yahoo! staff, with a focus on a specific topic of conversation at a specific, scheduled time.
Our first Workshop for the Yahoo! Messenger team will focus on New User features and orientation, and will be held on Monday, August 25th from 4pm to 5pm Pacific Time (time zone converter). During the workshop, we’ll answer questions about basic Yahoo! Messenger tips and tricks.
We’ll post the full transcript of the session on the blog afterwards so you can catch up.
If you’re a seasoned Yahoo! Messenger user, then this new user workshop is probably not for you. But keep checking back here for dates on upcoming Workshops. Future Workshops will feature more advanced topics including the latest Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta.
See you in the Workshop!
Yahoo! Messenger Community Manager
I added a new section to the blog called “Other Languages”. You’ll find the new button up above in the blue navigation bar.
With the help of a site called Mloovi.com, our blog content has been translated into several language (including Romanian!). Mloovi uses Google Translate to make this happen. This kind of automated translation is pretty good, but don’t expect perfect, exact translations. But I’ve been told by a French co-worker that the translation is decent.
The nicest thing is that you can subscribe to these translated feeds. Just click the orange subscribe button to the right of your language.
Don’t see your language in the list? Let me know by leaving a comment and if Mloovi offers it, I will add it. Or, head over to mloovi.com, enter the Messenger Blog feed into the box (http://feeds.feedburner.com/YahooMessengerBlog), choose your language and voila – you’re translated.
Cruising around Gizmodo the other day, I came across a unique device called the i-Knock. It’s a personal instant messaging notifier that provides audible and visual alerts when a new IM message arrives on your computer.
A creature, reminiscent of a teletubby, is attached to your computer via USB. When you receive a new IM message, the figure whacks itself on the head with a hammer to make a knocking noise. It also plays a MP3 sound which you can customize per contact if you want.
The i-Knock also has special alerts for a number of emoticons. So when someone sends you a laughing emoticon, your i-Knock buddy will laugh along with you.
Here’s a short video I found showing how it works:
The product page doesn’t have any details about how to purchase the i-Knock, but judging by the videos on YouTube, it’s been available overseas for at least a year. So perhaps you’ll see it soon at a gadget store near you.