RIP: Yahoo! public chat rooms and several other services
Recently in a blog post, the internet giant Yahoo! has announced that come December 14, Yahoo! messenger will lose it’s public chat rooms feature along with several other features as the company feels that these features don’t offer “enough value” to it’s users.
The public chat rooms from Yahoo! became the center of controversy in 2005 when it was reported that they featured illegal, under age sex themed chat rooms after which the advertisers too parted their ways from the service.
The other services that are being axed on December 14 along with the public chat rooms, are – Pingbox, a service which enabled the users to link blogs and social network profiles together, enabling then to chat privately using Yahoo! messenger. The Windows Live messenger interoperability would also no longer be available for users, though they would still be able to see the Windows live contacts in their list, but any messages sent to them wont be delivered.
Also coming to an end is the Yahoo! Voice Phone In Phone Out feature, that will shut down on January 30, 2013. Now, the users cannot add any more balance to their account, while the remaining balance in the users’ account will be refunded by the company.
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Change is in the Air: Updates to Yahoo! Messenger Features
Here at Yahoo!, we aspire to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. More than ever, we’re focused on building products that are beautiful and meaningful for our users. Sometimes, this means we have to make tough decisions — like closing down features that we feel aren’t adding enough value for you. This helps us spend more energy on creating experiences that make Yahoo! the most fun way to spend your time.
With this in mind, we have decided to discontinue several Yahoo! product features. This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones. You can find more details below, including how the closures will work.
Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms
The Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms will close down on December 14, 2012.
Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox
As of December 14, 2012, Pingbox will no longer be available on Yahoo! Messenger. If you’ve installed Pingbox on your blog or social networks, please click here to learn how to uninstall it.
Yahoo! Messenger interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger as of December 14, 2012. Microsoft buddies will still appear on your Messenger contact list, but they will be greyed out, and if you try to send instant messages to them, the messages will not be delivered.
Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out feature
Effective January 30, 2013, we will no longer offer Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities, our co-branded landline and mobile phone service from Jajah. As of today, users can no longer add new funds to their accounts, and active users who currently have a balance in their accounts will receive emailed instructions in December from Jajah on how to request a refund. You can find more information on how to ask for a refund here, and you can contact Jajah with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be offered through Yahoo! Messenger.
Thank you to everyone who have used these features. We plan to keep innovating and building great Yahoo! products that will delight our users in the years to come.