How Does Yahoo Messenger Work?

by Luke Arthur

Yahoo! Messenger is one of the leading instant messaging software programs on the Internet and it provides a great deal of functionality for the average user. If you have never used Yahoo! instant messenger before, you should be able to get up and running in no time. It is similar to many of the other instant messaging platforms out there.

Getting Started

To get started with Yahoo! instant messenger, you will need to download it first. Once you download the software, you will need a Yahoo! ID. If you already have one, you can simply enter it and your password into the software to login. If you do not have an ID, you can get one by clicking on the "Sign Up" link. You can begin by adding contacts that you know, or you can join a chat group. You can click on the "Add Contact" button and then enter a friend's e-mail address to add her. If you want to join a chat group, you can select Yahoo! Chat from the drop down menu and then join a group.


Once you have some contacts on instant messenger, you can easily contact them through an instant message. To send someone instant message, look at your contact list and double-click on the person that you would like to talk to. A chat box will then open up so that you can begin a conversation. Type the message that you want to send into the box and click on the "Send" button or hit "Enter." The person you are talking to will receive your message and can then respond to it.

Using Chat Rooms

If you want to chat with random people online, you can use the popular chat rooms that Yahoo! offers. After you select a room to enter, you can create an alias and begin talking to others. Creating an alias will allow you to keep your personal information from strangers. You can then talk as part of a group conversation or you can chat with individuals who are in the room in a one-on-one format. This can allow you to meet new people and share experiences and opinions with others.

Advanced Functionality

Besides the basic instant messaging and chat functions, Yahoo! Messenger also provides you with some more advanced capabilities. For example, you can use video calling which will allow you to see someone face-to-face while talking to them. You also have the ability to transfer files, such as documents or music. It also integrates with social networking platforms so that you can keep up-to-date with your friends' latest status updates or messages.

About the Author

Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.