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Yahoo! Messenger public chat rooms have been shut down since December 14

BANGALORE, INDIA: As of December 14, 2012, all public chat rooms on Yahoo! Messenger have been shut down as part of a series of features being changed. While some users agree with the move, a majority of users of Yahoo chat are upset and have unleashed their rage on online forums.

''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,'' Yahoo had said in a web post earlier this month.

Yahoo has stopped some of the most popular products features and services that include Yahoo! Messenger public chat rooms and messenger Pingbox. As per the new changes, Pingbox will no longer be available on Yahoo Messenger and the company will assist users to uninstall Pingbox from blogs or social networks. Besides, Yahoo Messenger is no longer interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live messenger since yesterday.

Users upset with this decision have also started an online petition against closing down Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms. The petition called 'Stop Yahoo from closing down their chat rooms' is available on on the website - www.thepetitionsite.com. Already around 386 users from around the globe have signed this online petition against Yahoo and the number is still growing. However the aim is to get 1000 users to sign this online petition.

Several users have also threatened to boycott Yahoo, if public chat rooms feature is not brought back. ''I have been using Ychat for a LONG LONG TIME and met some of my bestest friends there.. I want chat rooms BACK! how dare you shut this down!! actually thinking about NOT using Yahoo anymore!'' says a CIOL viewer.

Read our latest update on Yahoo! Messenger shutdown here

 ''If you wanna make things better for people then why take away the one thing that millions of people all over the world have been using for years. I've been on messenger for 13 years and have friends all the world, and now your just gonna shut it down. I for one will not have anything to do with Yahoo again. EVERYONE SPREAD THE WORD, BAN ANYTHING TO DO WITH YAHOO,'' says another CIOL viewer.

Several users have also migrated to other online chat forums like Paltalk. ''I'm done with all yahoo services, you blew it guys. If you feel the need to contact me ill be on pal talk from here on out,'' says one such user.

However, there are some viewers who agree with Yahoo on this decision. ''Far to many using it for the wrong reasons, it should have stopped multi id use a long time ago, it should also have guaranteed that users were of the legal age by giving information via a passport no, driving licence no, or a nation insurance no, glad to see its closing its public chat rooms, would be nice if it could have kept the messenger side of it,'' says a user.

Despite the online rage, Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms is now not functional. When one clicks on the public chat rooms link, the following message is being displayed: ''Sorry, the page you requested was not found. Please check the web address for proper spelling and capitalization. If you're having trouble locating a destination on Yahoo! Messenger, try visiting our home page. Or use the box at right to search the Yahoo! Messenger site.''

What do you have to say? Should Yahoo consider bringing public chat rooms back? Or do you agree with Yahoo on this move? Do let us know.

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atif Thu Aug 28 at 06:58 AM

that is not a good move it is easy and good way to chat with oyr freinds.. very wrong decision

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nrerf Sat Aug 23 at 04:58 PM

no

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aftaab Wed Aug 20 at 04:53 PM

Yahoo should bring public chat rooms back? it would be reduce popularity of yahoo without chat rooms

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peacekeeper Sat Aug 16 at 08:55 PM

yes bring back yahoo chat

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sanjay Thu Aug 14 at 05:24 PM

hi yahoo messenger I cant chat wit my friend pls help bring old yahoo for all open chat pvt room pls no the netful

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parag Thu Jul 31 at 10:39 PM

This is not done. how could a large organization like yahoo could do this to their users.... i had a lot of friends on yahoo even through chat i met many knowledgeable people.. i am very sad its been 2 years yahoo chat rooms are closed... i miss my days when i used be on yahoo chat rooms more then 10 hours a day. sad very sad :(

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monu Fri Jul 25 at 01:27 AM

Please back yahoo chat room i se last 11year

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Monu Fri Jul 25 at 01:20 AM

please back public chat room last 11year i use chat room i true have so maney good friend

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kumar Sun Jul 20 at 06:22 PM

Any gals who like hot adult naughty roleplay chat in detail can contact me, i also sad due to chat has closed in yahoo so i cant chat and cant find new friends.i used to love chatting.thank u.my id is - tukuna_ind@yahoo.co.in

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kumar Sun Jul 20 at 05:32 PM

very sad yahoo closed public chat, Any girls want to sexual roleplay chat detailed and also normal chat can msg or mail me in yahoo id- tukuna_ind@yahoo.co.in

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SUNIL Thu Jul 17 at 04:10 PM

hi, i agree lot of person misuse it but without permissone of second one no one can even chat. As per admin role you should develop some thing by sing we can blocked other person if some one misbehave as other has. You only see one way also think positive lot of relative are in abroad and they can meet and caht to gatehr .Lot of new friend make by using it. It make world so short now without chat room it feels world is so big . By using and see other people online it seem we make friend and know about the other nation and diffierent culture .IF POSSIBLE START IT AGAIN.

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danny Sun Jul 6 at 06:51 AM

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jonathan Fri Jun 20 at 08:20 AM

hello everbody , anybody here from california or illinois

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Union Thu May 29 at 07:29 PM

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Jodi Tue May 27 at 03:18 AM

can you all believe Lisa Niemi is getting married? Patrick Swayze's widow......

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Dr. Nizam Sat May 24 at 04:00 AM

bring back chat rooms please

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sampath Thu May 15 at 08:40 PM

please bring back public chat rooms. this will creat good contacts

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Tina Thu May 1 at 09:37 AM

U should bring back public chat rooms on yahoo messager

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saqlin Wed Apr 23 at 05:39 PM

hi sir plz bring yahoo messenger public chat room for what u clouse what u thing if car acitend so u stop car driving plz bring yahoo chat room ty

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RAY Fri Apr 11 at 09:16 PM

PLS BRING BACK YAHOO PUBLIC CHAT ROOM.

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Justice Wed Apr 9 at 10:15 PM

You guys got it wrong. The real fact why Yahoo closed the messenger chat room was because people were using Arab chat and Islamic chat room as a forum to coordinate series of attack and Arab Spring. Yahoo did not prepare to discontinue the service, but the order was from above which Yahoo has no option but to obey.

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Mark Fri Apr 4 at 05:27 AM

I do not agree with yahoo closing down there chat room, it was terribly wrong, I was helping a lot people in desperate situations just by being there from them,I have no Idea what has happened to them,and Iam concerned for them. Most people are savvy enough to know when someone is not who they say they are, this is like taking every motorist of the road because people are getting hurt injured or killed from road accidents. When are people going to start taking responsibility for them selves rather than blaming every one else for there lack of judgement, surly people in world today still have the ability to reason things out and realise if someone or something is not correct, and if you get a bully on line switch them off. don't be bothered by such small minded nasty people. Bring back the chat rooms Yahoo and let us make our own choices and decisions rather than have these wousers control you and us, they are just nasty people. As things stand yahoo there is nothing here that interests me, so good buy, you had a good product and now you've self districted, a bit like Ford rebadging there Falcons from Falcon, Fairmount and Fairmount Giha, to something called a G6 and G6E, why stuff with something that works.

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avik Sat Mar 22 at 04:49 PM

my yahoo id is coolguy_12349@yahoo.com

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Nitin Sat Mar 22 at 04:23 PM

Yahoo Plzzz bring back ur chat room services with upgraded features. closing them is not the solution & not going to help yahoo ...

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tukuna Mon Mar 17 at 11:52 PM

Any gals who want to chat in yahoo can contact me, i also sad due to chat has closed in yahoo so i cant chat and cant find new friends.i used to love chat.thank u.my id is - tukuna_ind@yahoo.co.in

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varinder Mon Mar 17 at 03:14 PM

idiots we want them back !!

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Your Daddy Sun Mar 16 at 02:48 AM

Get outside and get a fucking life people!

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UK Sat Mar 15 at 04:53 PM

hi, i hearty want u plz back it without any conditions .it give so knowledge with get nice friends all over the world with this ym wolrd feel like so smaller .so come back soon without late.

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uk Sat Mar 15 at 04:51 PM

hi, i hearty want u plz back it without any conditions .it give so knowledge with get nice friends all over the world with this ym wolrd feel like so smaller .so come back soon without late.

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simran Sat Mar 15 at 10:57 AM

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sagar Thu Mar 13 at 01:55 PM

My Friend gone forever Yahoo CHAT ROOM

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josh pettigew Thu Mar 13 at 11:53 AM

i need chat rooms

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saharaj Sun Mar 9 at 05:07 PM

please bring back chat room in yahoo messenger

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tkpsla Mon Mar 3 at 01:36 PM

Please bring back yahoo public chat room

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tkpsla Mon Mar 3 at 01:35 PM

Please bring back yahoo public chat room

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chandan Mon Mar 3 at 07:10 AM

i want to yahoo chat room bring back..becoz if any one has problem with this massenger they should not use it, may be yahoo get 1000 user but yahoo was lost 10000000 user yahoo messanger trp has gone.. n our ideas to instaintly connect to world is hopeless..all the users of yahoo messenger has left yahoo n join to facebook google plus n many more social networking site.....some people did the fake promises to bring his frnd to join yahoo after remove chatroom, n yahoo.com supposed it? so bad BRAIN LESS DESIGION of yahoo.com TO REMOVE CHAT ROOM FROM YAHOO ..JUST BRING CHATROOM IN YAHOO BECOZ IT IS GOOD FOR YAHOO N FOR STUDENT OF ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!

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liz Sat Mar 1 at 08:54 PM

please we want it back

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punithamalar Mon Feb 24 at 06:11 PM

I like this page

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Athea Fri Feb 21 at 05:13 AM

Please bring it back yahoo chtroom is my life i am now half dead lol.....

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andy Wed Feb 19 at 08:25 PM

we have been deprived of occasions when we freely talked with our friends and relatives on yahoo. It is ruthless.

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mukes pokhrel Tue Feb 18 at 10:52 PM

I want open my public chat room

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pankaj Sat Feb 15 at 02:42 PM

Ho, As far as i am concerned i would like yahoo to continue with public chat rooms. As i am very much benefited by making lots of friends all over the world.

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Sanj Wed Feb 12 at 04:50 PM

Ho, As far as i am concerned i would like yahoo to continue with public chat rooms. As i am very much benefited by making lots of friends all over the world.

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Ben Fri Feb 7 at 05:01 AM

Dear sir/madam yahoo must bring back public chat room

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amit Thu Jan 30 at 01:54 PM

yahoo must bring back public chat room

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Jitendra Mon Jan 27 at 06:04 PM

Dear Sir/madam Please re-open yahoo chat room Thanks

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Salman Fri Jan 24 at 11:39 PM

we want public chat room back ...........coming soon.............

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khalid Mon Jan 20 at 07:21 PM

Any age girls jo dosti karna chahti ho pls message kary (khalid_mehmood133@yahoo.com and skype id khalid.cheema55) only female

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KHALID Mon Jan 20 at 07:16 PM

any age girls jo dosti karna chahti ho pls message kary only Romantic any age girls

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