Looking for a fun greeting to send out to friends and family this year? Look no further than the “Build Your Own Snowman” card from Yahoo!.
Start by adjusting the size of his snowballs, then give him or her the proper eyes, nose and mouth. Or maybe not so proper depending on the mood you’re in. Then choose from a variety of backgrounds and add some holiday and not-so-holiday items to your tableau (pandas anyone?). There’s even holiday music playing to keep you in the mood.
When you’re done, we’ll give you a link that you can send out to friends over IM, email, Twitter, Facebook and more.
In the new Yahoo! Messenger 10, we added an alternative view of your contact list – the Y! Updates tab. When you jump into that view, you’ll see a running list of updates from the friends on your contact list.
Your friends’ updates can vary from a change to their Yahoo! Messenger status to their latest tweet on Twitter; even the last song they listened to on last.fm or their latest changes to their Avatar. Yahoo! supports updates from dozens of both Yahoo! and non-Yahoo! services.
In addition to the new Updates view, we also added detailed preferences to help you control what types of updates you see and from whom. So if your friend Samantha is a tweet-aholic, you might want to turn off her updates. Or if Uncle Lenny’s taste in music is light years away from yours, perhaps getting his last.fm updates is unappealing.
No worries – changing it is easy. If you’re in the Y! Updates tab, click on the tab’s dropdown menu and select “Customize Yahoo! Updates” (or go to Messenger > Preferences > Yahoo! Updates).
When the window appears, you’ll see a list of sites from which Yahoo! offers updates, followed by your list of contacts. If there’s a type of update you prefer not to receive, just uncheck the box next to it. Be aware that unchecking a service in the list means that you won’t receive that type of update from anybody.
If you’ve had enough of someone’s updates, you can also turn them off. Just uncheck the box next to their name in the list. You will no longer receive any updates from that contact in your Y! Updates view. Note that you’ll still be able to see their updates by viewing their contact card anytime.
With the latest version of Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone (v1.3), it’s now possible to not only share photos, but also videos that you take on your iPhone 3GS.
While you’re in a conversation, tap on the emoticon icon to bring up the message options. Tap on the Media tab where you can choose to take a new photo or video clip, or choose an existing one from your photo gallery.
Your friend will receive a notification that you’re sharing a file with them, and after the file finishes transferring, you’ll see a confirmation on your phone. At anytime while the file is sending, you can tap on the speech bubble to view it.
Friends can also IM you videos (.mov, .mp4), and photos when you’re on your iPhone. When a new file is coming in, you’ll see a message asking if you want to accept or decline the incoming file transfer. Accept it, wait for the download and then just tap the speech bubble to view the image right in the app.
A handy thing about this new feature is that it allows you to send and receive files up to 15MB in size. So when you video your baby’s first steps on your phone, you can instantly send it off to friends and family on IM. And best of all, it won’t count against your data plan the way MMS messages do.
The latest update to Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone (version 1.3) is now available. This latest version includes updates for display images, file sharing, as well as support for more languages.
With this new version, we added one of the most frequently requested features from our users – the ability to change your display image right in the iPhone app. Use an existing photo that is stored on your iPhone or take a new one. To change your display image, tap on Settings, then “My Contact Details”.
We also fixed some bugs that were causing display image update problems. So now when your friend updates their display image, it will change in your contact list as well. You no longer need to sign out and back in to get display image updates.
The file sharing feature also got a nice boost. Now you can IM both photo and videos that are stored on your iPhone. You can also receive and view photos, videos (.mov, .mp4), Microsoft Office documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls), .txt files, and PDF files from within the Yahoo! Messenger app. Note that you can only receive those additional types of files, not send. When sending and receiving, the maximum file size is 15MB, which is much larger than the limits of MMS.
This update also includes new language support for French, Italian, German and Spanish. If your iPhone uses one of those languages, your Yahoo! Messenger app will as well after you download this latest version.
To help combat IM spam when you’re on your iPhone, we also added a preference that allows you to ignore messages from people that are not on your Yahoo! Messenger contact list. To set this preference, tap on the Settings icon and look for “Privacy” in the Options section. The preference is turned off by default, so if you want to ignore people not on your list, be sure to go into Preferences and update the setting after you install this latest version.
To download the new version, tap the App Store icon on your iPhone and search for Yahoo! Messenger (you may also see an update alert on your App Store icon). Or click here to download it through iTunes.
We hope your enjoy this latest version. If you have any technical issues with Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone, please send us feedback by tapping on “Settings”, then scrolling down and tapping on “Report Problem”.