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yahoo.com in general
Member Name: Tray0098
yahoo.com in general
Date: 17/12/02, updated on 17/12/02 (3540 review reads)
Advantages: Chat, Music, Advice
Disadvantages: Hackers, Unreliable when very busy
I' always been abit of a net addict, and I learnt alot of what I now know from Yahoo. You see, Yahoo isn't just a search engine, it's a whole community too. Let me explain...
Yahoo has a search engine, and it is powered by Google ( a bigger search engine ) If Yahoo doesn't find what you are looking for, try Google.com.
You can open a free account at Yahoo from the main search page , by clicking Log In. You can then use your account to sign up for other Yahoo services, like the free email service they provide ( 6 mb of storage ) free webspace, Yahoo groups, Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Games, Yahoo Chat....the list goes on!
Ok, you get 6 mb of storage at Yahoos free email service, and an option to sign up for more ( but it's not free ) I like Yahoo email, as it's quite reliable, and I can set filters to get rid of unwanted spam. I can also add friends to the address book, and everything is quite straight forward, the actual email inbox being very easy to navigate.
I've wasted half my life in here playing Dominoes ( I know, how sad am I?!!) The games are all free, and you can chat to your opponants. Again, you can sign up for a pay account at games, which gives you access to games rooms only paying members can use, but I'm a freeloader!
There are many games on offer, such as Dominoes, Chess, Literati ( free scrabble ) ,arcade games ( many similar to tetris ) Card games.....plenty to do to fill a rainy afternoon. And why is it so addictive? Because you get a rating! All newbies start with a rating of 1500, which will rise and fall depending on your wins and loses. *Tip* Play gamers with a higher rating than your own, or your rating will drop more if you lose!
This is where you will get your free webspace. It's great for beginners, as you can use the Yahoo wizard to build your first webpage, and it's as easy as pie. When
you have mastered the art of the wizard, switch to Yahoo pagebuilder. This has lots of extras, such as add a visitor counter to your page, add music, edit your pages using HTML. I picked up loads of little web building tricks by using this tool.
The groups are basically web based news groups, containing groups about anything and everything. There are some great techie groups to be found here, with lots of ' self help ' advice for computer / net newbies. Each group has a message forum, and sections for posting pics and files. However, be warned, there are also some pretty disgusting groups out there, which Yahoo do try and purge on a regular basis, but they still crop up alot.
The chat rooms at Yahoo are split into User rooms ( built by the public ) and Yahoo rooms. They seem to get hacked alot. There are loads of different rooms and different subjects, and alot of the rooms run concurrently with the Groups. You can use your microphone and webcam in the Yahoo chatrooms, and there are loads of other nifty little features.
My fave toy at the momentis Yahoo music. You can only get all the features by using Yahoo.com, not yahoo.co.uk. Basically, Launch and Yahoo have come together and you can use your yahoo account to build your own personal radio and video station that will play in the background on your pc while you surf the web. You tell them what music you like, and they play it, along with similar artists that you might like too. Brilliant!!!
Same sort of thing as MSN Messenger. You have a buddy list, and the ability to chat with your mates / ppl you meet in chat rooms etc in private. Be warned, it's very very easy to hack, so choose your friends with care!
Yahoo is too big for me towrite about all of it's features, but hope this has been of use to you.