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Yahoo! Messenger public chat rooms were closed down on December 14, 2012

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Global Internet company Yahoo took a tough decision last month. The company decided to discontinue various product features and services from December 14. Some of the most popular products and services that included Yahoo! Messenger public chat rooms and messenger Pingbox were discontinued.

Although the decision was taken by the company to refocus its efforts on modernizing core Yahoo! products and to create new ones, Yahoo has drawn a lot of ire from users of Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms. Regular users of the chat rooms, who are upset by this move by Yahoo, has stated that Yahoo chatrooms were not just being used for chatting and making friends, but for other reasons like building business contacts as well.

''pls...its a very good platform to grow business and meet businessmen and contacts from various parts of the world..'' says a CIOL reader. While another user comments that Yahoo Messenger was the only way for him to socialise in his country. ''I dunno What did they think by crapping on our tiny social lives, But for me, it's the end of the world. In some countries, chat rooms were the only way to meet people specially for minorities . What the hell are we supposed to do now?'' says another user on CIOL.

Another user talks about how he met his life partner on Yahoo Messenger chat rooms. ''Well Yahoo chat room been part of my life for over last 13years. I came across many good people here and have establish real life friendship with them. And most importantly I married someone whom I met through this Yahoo chat room only. So please bring back with more updated features for benefit of the masses,'' says the user.

'I have lost many friends since yahoo chat closed I am in a wheel chair and yahoo chat was my lifeline to the world. I will never use yahoo again,'' says another user.

However, there are always two sides to a story. There are several users who says that closing Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms was the right thing to do as it was constantly being spammed. ''Quite honestly, the chat rooms were complete garbage anyway. 99% of them were overrun by bots constantly spam advertising internet porno links and ridiculously generic posts about being female. All I have to say is good riddance,'' says a CIOL reader. ''Yahoo chat rooms are not safe these days, so it's better to be closed for a couple of months,'' says another user.

Some users even suggest that Yahoo Messenger chat rooms could be reopened and users should be asked to provide an ID proof while joining the services. ''I think yahoo should avail the chat room services back to their loyal users BUT Not before taking some stringent actions against the spammers n the scammers. Yahoo should come up with some strict rules to keep minors away or atleast safe from the sex maniacs. Even if that means its gonna take yahoo corp. a few months time from now to fix it all & have a safe & secured program in place.. Yahoo should work on these criterias n then i don't see no probs in keeping the chat room services ON for the public like before,'' says a user.

Despite the decision, Yahoo has seen a climb in its revenue. Yahoo Inc forecast a modest uptick in revenue for the current year as it revamps its family of websites. Yahoo said that revenue, excluding fees it pays to partner websites, will range between $4.5 billion and $4.6 billion in 2013, implying an annual growth rate of 0.7 per cent to 3 per cent, according to a report on Reuters.

However, after seeing both sides of the issue, what do you have to say? Were Yahoo Messenger public chat rooms a boon or a bane? Should the service be brought back? Do let us know.

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umais Thu Jan 2 at 09:09 PM

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Name Mon Jun 10 at 06:35 AM

come on yahoo please . please put chat rooms back ,,,,, they were lots of fun t rooms was voted number 1 in chat rooms ,,,,, so please give it back, we don't need your other products we want our world back,

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El Dood Sat May 11 at 08:57 PM

Doods, come on! If you can't handle the spam, ignore it. Dont use the rooms, but don't screw it up for everyone else. I didn't even notice the spam. Lets be adults! El Dood

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kip Sat May 11 at 02:42 AM

I want chatrooms back! I will end business with yahoo until such time.

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kip Sat May 11 at 02:41 AM

I want chatrooms back! I will end business with yahoo until such time.

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saibaba Fri Apr 26 at 09:54 AM

kindly bring back back the yahoo chat service.

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feraryx3 Thu Apr 11 at 03:23 AM

MOSTAFA

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Raja Fri Mar 22 at 04:21 PM

bahe

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yahoochatindia Thu Mar 21 at 09:59 PM

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pankaj Wed Mar 13 at 09:19 PM

yaar without yahoo chat rooms service yahoo is just boaring

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Micheal king Tue Mar 5 at 11:24 PM

Join dis yahoo

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may Mon Feb 18 at 06:16 PM

hey man my life is hell wtout yahoo chat room pls get it back soon.......plz

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mjkh Mon Feb 18 at 06:15 PM

pls get back yahoo chat room plz........

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Raj Sun Feb 17 at 09:06 PM

I think it Yahoo! Chatrooms were by far the most popular Yahoo! products. None of its other products have the same USP. Yahoo! Search is no match for Google, same goes for its mail services. They can't beat Gmail at e-mail. Social Networking has Facebook, and nothing matches it. But Yahoo! Chatrooms had no equal anywhere. It was a unique thing! I don't see what made them take a stupid decision of this sort!

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dipesh Sat Feb 16 at 05:59 PM

chet karna hee sabse

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ada bell Sat Feb 16 at 01:59 PM

U can go to my Facebook or my yahoo mail

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Dev Sun Feb 10 at 04:26 PM

Create a Facebook group and chat with all the members using the chat feature! Simple

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jazzie Fri Feb 8 at 01:42 PM

I'm horny right now

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Name.Ghafar gul Thu Feb 7 at 10:08 AM

ZWONXB

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vivek Wed Feb 6 at 12:11 PM

bring back pls...

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blchoudhary Tue Feb 5 at 07:51 AM

pls start my yahoo public room for me .

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michelle Tue Feb 5 at 02:40 AM

paltalk is a good chat site for anyone looking for somewere to go:)

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Sameer Mon Feb 4 at 09:26 PM

Please start this service(Yahoo Chat Room).

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Nicolas Sun Feb 3 at 01:22 PM

WTF now ? no one online on my yahoo list! should I stare all my offline buddy all day!!! yahoo wake up bring back those chatrooms! WTF is going on in 2013? stickam just shut down!! what's next? what a bad 2013 sad year to begin !

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Lauri D. Fri Feb 1 at 08:44 AM

I want it brought back with new features to block the bots. That is why a lot of my chat buddies stopped coming back. Also, this was the only way for me to talk to new friends I met in other countries who I can no longer speak to because the chat rooms were closed. It is really sad

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scott Fri Feb 1 at 08:01 AM

yes bring it BACK!!!! but new we miss it a lot thanks from wv. 2013

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venkatesh reddy Thu Jan 31 at 08:22 PM

I love yahoo chat It should be again brought in to service

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Shirin Thu Jan 31 at 08:02 PM

it sud be brought back as it was with some new features but no charge,we want it for free.but is yahoo listening?

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vaibhav Thu Jan 31 at 03:52 PM

yahoo chat should be brought back

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vaibhav Thu Jan 31 at 03:51 PM

yes it shoud be brought back

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ali Thu Jan 31 at 03:30 PM

HI LOVE

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loni Wed Jan 30 at 08:47 AM

yahoo shd charge a of $10 for each ID,and proxi shdnt be alowed for chat rooms

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ashish Tue Jan 29 at 09:39 PM

YES ...yahoo SHOULD bring back the service , it was the most AWESOME messenger EVER and has been a part of our lives all through ..... yahoo needs to re-work things out ...get updated features and security and a new version for Mac .... otherwise i wish YAHOO dies as a company .

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