Chatting With Your Contacts
What Is Chat in the Yahoo! Mail Classic?
Email is great. It’s much faster than
snail mail, and you usually get a response sooner than later. But,
have you ever been writing an email wishing that you could have
instant communication with your friends without picking up the phone?
You can with Yahoo! Mail’s chat feature. Chat lets you and your contact
exchange messages in "real time", meaning "right now", and all while
using Yahoo! Mail Classic and without having to download an instant messenger application. (And
Your contact must have a Yahoo! ID or
a Windows Live™ Messenger ID
and must be signed in to either Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger,
or another compatible instant messaging application.
So, let’s just repeat the highlights and get you chatting!
- Chat lets you communicate
with your contacts in real time so that you receive instant replies.
- Use Yahoo! Mail chat without downloading additional software.
- Use chat to communicate with all of your Yahoo! and Windows
Live contacts. All they need is to sign into Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo!
Messenger, or another instant messaging application.
You can also contact your friend by sending a mobile text message through Yahoo! Mail.
To learn more, take a look at the Using Mobile Text Messaging tutorial.
Tip: If you already use Yahoo! Messenger, you might want to know
more about the differences between Messenger and chat. The If You Use Yahoo! Messenger tutorial
has all the details.
Words to Know
- Contact: a person with whom you interact; someone to whom you might want to send an email or instant message.
- Instant messaging: the ability to exchange messages in real time with other people over the Internet.
- Mobile text messaging: sending and receiving written messages on a variety of devices via "short message service" (SMS).
- Windows Live™ Messenger: Microsoft® Windows’ free instant messaging application.
- Yahoo! ID: the name by which a person is known to all Yahoo! networks.
- Yahoo! Messenger: an application that lets
you communicate using your voice, text, or other means with one
or more people over the Internet in real time (instantly).
AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) and Google Talk
are not compatible instant messaging programs.
You can also send a mobile text message
while using Yahoo! Mail. To learn more, take a look at the Using Mobile Text Messaging