Yahoo Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo Chat Rooms.
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/added/deleted.
Just look at the earliest, successful forerunner to online chat — a program that academics invented, almost by accident, long before the birth of the World Wide Web.
Talkomatic, the program’s appropriately retro name, was born out of PLATO, a computer-based education program at the University of Illinois, in 1973.
Then, along comes a major product revamp -- about a year in the making.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.
Earlier this week, news reports citing anonymous sources said that Yahoo is weighing a selloff of its entire Web products and advertising business, presumably because they're beyond saving.
- A article explaining what happened to all the chat rooms of the 90s.
As for Yahoo specifically, they closed their chat rooms years ago.
) it seems to lack that critical quality that made early AIM, Yahoo Messenger and MSN fun: the edge of quirkiness, transgression and inventiveness.
The feeling that this was a new and semi-lawless space, that unexpected things could happen.