February 26, 2010 on 12:30 am | In Voice | Comments Off
Our premium PC-to-Phone and Phone In services will be unavailable from Sunday, February 28 at 9pm PST until March 1, 1am (4 hours). This means you will not be able to use Yahoo! Messenger to make or receive phone calls from mobile or landline phones during this time.
We will be making some system upgrades to the services which require us to take them offline for 4 hours.
Please note that PC-to-PC calling and all other Yahoo! Messenger features will be working normally.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thanks for your patience,
I saw an ABC News story on our front page yesterday about a new site called chatroulette.com. It’s a webcam chat site where you are randomly paired with another stranger with whom you can video chat. Webcam chat communities are not a new concept, but the randomness of chatroulette is.
Started by a 17-year old in Russia, the site stirs up many discussions about inappropriate content, age requirements, and the effect it can have on users, who may be dismayed by people skipping over them once they’re connected. One comment on youtube says “Chat Roulette = Lowering self esteem, waste of time.” Chatroulette seems like the old “Hot or Not?” trend, but taken to the extreme.
Watch the ABC News report below. Is this a positive or a negative innovation? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks to everyone who has voted for Yahoo! Messenger in About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We are still behind in the Best IM Feature category, for which our video call feature in version 10 was nominated.
Click the link below to vote for us – we appreciate it!
This Sunday is Valentine’s Day here in the United States. I think we should show our love all year round, but people love excuses for buying gifts and expensive chocolates. We ladies don’t mind receiving them either.
But if you’re not with your loved one this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to send your hugs and kisses with Yahoo! Messenger 10.
Turn on the Falling Hearts IMVironment while you’re chatting to add some romance to the conversation (bit the Buzz button for some extra spice).
Or send one of our loving emoticons like lovestruck (), blushing (), the always popular kiss (), big hug () and a favorite hidden emoticon, the rose ()… check out the full list of Emoticons to find the right one for you. Hopefully you won’t be sending this one on Valentine’s Day: .
We’ve also got some saucy audibles under the “Flirts” category including classic pickup lines like “I hope you know CPR cuz you take my breath away” and pirate-enhanced flattery, “Arr! Your booty shivers me timbers!”.
And just when the kissing and blushing emoticons are flying back and forth, throw in the “Is it just me or is it getting really hot in here?” audible. To send a flirtatious audible, click the audibles button in the IM window, go to More Audibles > See All Audibles.
If you haven’t had a chance to try out the new video call feature, what better reason than to tell someone, almost in person, that you love them? I promise, it’s almost like being there. And don’t worry, you can send all the emoticons and audibles you want while you’re on the call.