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Member Name: kenigma
yahoo.com in general
Date: 14/05/01, updated on 14/05/01 (38 review reads)
Advantages: Fun if you like it
Disadvantages: Way too big
Yahoo chat - it's the behemoth of all chat servers. At any one time there are thousands of people online chatting away. You'd think with all these people you're bound to meet someone you like.
Because yahoo is so big, it is targetted by people who just want to have a laugh. I have to say I've done it myself a few times - having just downloaded a program which would fling Arnie quotes at people I thought I'd have fun -
"Hello - How are you? I'm gonna ask you a bunch of questions and I want to have them answered immediately. Who is your daddy and what does he do? I'm a COP YOU IDIOT! I'm DETECTIVE JOHN KIMBALL." (That's from Kindergarten Cop I believe...)
Anyway - needless to say people fell for it, thought Arnie was a real person and started voice chatting back to him - was really funny for my friends and I, but not very fulfilling chatting really.
I'd be surprised if you could find a room with sensible people in it at all. Yahoo is just too big - you can easily get lost in the rooms and not find the person you're talking to again. There is a search facility that searches for users, but it doesn't always work - I have gone on with friends while talking to them in another chat room and then we can't locate each other on yahoo although we are both online.
The technology behind it is great - the java chat application is fairly small, and once downloaded offers you a whole host of options that rival even mIRC for detail. The voice chat is a marvel of technology - you can have a nice, understandable conference with everyone else in the room. It sometimes gets to the point where you have to say "over" after everything you say when there are too many people in the room, but the audio comes through clearly even on a modem.
One possible benefit of yahoo chat is that you can gather together friends, family or business associates in a
private room and then have a teleconference there without having idiots like me barging in and throwing Arnie at you.
All in all - it has its uses but it's great lumbering size makes for slow progress.