How to Know the Status of Someone on Yahoo Messenger

by Will Conley
On Yahoo Messenger, red means "Do Not Disturb."

On Yahoo Messenger, red means "Do Not Disturb."

Yahoo Messenger lets you send instant messages and chat over voice or video with your Yahoo Messenger connections. When you invite people to connect with you on Yahoo Messenger and they accept, certain information is automatically exchanged. One piece of information central to instant messaging is a user's online status. Yahoo Messenger has three basic types of online statuses -- "Available," "Busy" and "Invisible to Everyone" -- so it's easy to determine someone's online status.

Open Yahoo Messenger on your computer. Type your Yahoo ID and password in their respective boxes and click the "Sign In" button.

Click "Friends" under the "Contacts" tab of Yahoo Messenger to display all of your Yahoo Messenger friends.

Scroll down your "Friends" list and note the online statuses next to their display names. A yellow circle indicates a friend is online and potentially available to chat. A red circle with a white line indicates your friend is busy and should not be disturbed -- unless the matter is urgent or you have a mutual understanding about using Yahoo Messenger. A gray circle indicates a friend is either offline or invisible; in either case, you cannot contact that person.

About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include Salon.com, SlashGear.com, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and ThisBlogRules.com. Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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