Yahoo For Social Networking
Yahoo – Kicking It Up in the Social Front
Yahoo was the go-to search engine of choice before Google completely changed the game. But given how much time has elapsed, as well as Google’s continued dominance on the web, it makes you wonder why Yahoo is still sticking around.
Well, that could be answered by the number of other services they have other than their search engine offering. In other words, it’s their presence in the social aspect of internet activity that still makes them a force to be reckoned with in the digital world.
So, what does this Marissa Mayer-led company have to offer netizens?
- Yahoo Answers
This is an avenue where people can ask questions as well as answer them. It functions on a points-based system where points are awarded for asking and answering questions. Also, points are deducted for deleting a question or answer, as well as getting reported.
While some of the questions and answers on Yahoo Answers may border on laughable or downright crazy, there’s no question that it’s great for socializing. Yahoo Answers features several categories, including Arts & Humanities, Business & Finance, and Computers & Internet – just to name a few.
Yahoo Answers for social networking
- Yahoo Groups for social networking
This functions just like any other group-oriented feature on other social networks. It’s a place where users can join groups that fit their interests. They can discuss on topics pertaining to their interests to their heart’s desire. Some groups are left open to the public while some are restricted and need approval of the administrator to gain access.
Yahoo Groups for social networking
- Yahoo Messenger for social networking
This is an instant messaging client that allows users to chat with each other. Features of the service include group chats where users can create specific groups for a particular purpose. For example, a user can create an “events organizers” group where they add all members of an organizing committee so they can discuss details amongst themselves.
Another feature of Yahoo Messenger is its file sharing capability. So, rather than send emails back and forth about important files, users can simply use the service to do so.
Furthermore, it also has a webcam feature that allows users to communicate via video. Last but not least Yahoo Messenger helps to close the communication gap between people who love far apart but cannot afford expensive international phone calls and texts.
Yahoo Messenger for social networking
- Yahoo Match
In other words, a dating site. It’s where singles can converge to search for other singles. You can search the site for free or register for a membership. As a member, you will create a profile that details information about you and what you’re looking for in a potential partner.
- Yahoo Games
This is where users can play a variety of games, such as billiards, chess, checkers, and backgammon, against each other. All they have to do is go into various rooms to search for people to play with.
Yahoo Games for the gaming community
This is a photo-sharing service that Yahoo purchased on March 29, 2005. It comes in two varieties: a free and paid service. With the free service, users are limited to a certain amount of file storage available.
Basically, users of the service can upload photos and group them according to a certain theme. They also have the option to allow it to be embedded by others into their own blogs or websites.
Yahoo Flickr for photo sharing
Yahoo purchased this microblogging platform and social networking site on May 20, 2013 for $1.1 billion. The deal was finalized on June 20, 2013. Basically, the site allows users to create and share short-form content in various formats such as posts, videos, and pictures – just to name a few.
As you can see, Yahoo is more than just a search engine. It’s a combination of various tools that ultimately have one goal in mind: to deliver the best services for their users.
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