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It lacked some basic functions such as webcam support and Chat, and has since been discontinued.It was arguably the better looking and functional in respect to windows and tabs management but was eventually discontinued by Yahoo.
It was organic, it was funny, it was fun, and yes, once in a while, people did find that perfect match. , the company itself began to die under the onslaught of Google. Chat had become like Sealdah station , not maintained, left to rot and with suspicious people hanging about, looking here and there. So they began flocking to the next big thing, social networking. Sure the English was bad, and ppl missed vowels and used caps and small letters indiscriminately, and neologisms like “hottings” and “nottings” (the latter being considered a portmanteau of “naughty things”) were indiscriminately coined, but one could not mistake the genuine bonhomie and desire to connect across boundaries of space and time, and no where was this better expressed than in the albums of pretty women who would wake up in the morning to find scraps left by total strangers of the type “Nice lag. ” But then somewhere down the line, Facebook opened itself to the world, with its better user interface and its locked down albums. It was that its owners never figured out how to commercialize them. Things no longer existed for the sheer pleasure of being there. Yet the two shall remain, in our memories, in hours of lost productivity, in seconds of strategic screen-minimizations,in floating scraps of conversations and in shards of indescribable delight. Adult-themed chatrooms that only one’s friends visited.For some reason I could rarely fathom, a large number of men would chat as women in Yahoo !Reverse engineering the login protocol for a native OS X client meant running Ethereal in X11 to inspect a Java program running in the OS 9 Classic environment: a remarkable feat, but man, was it slow going.For a long time, connection attempts were met with radio silence and disconnection. And then, all at once, Yahoo unleashed a stream of filthy, filthy obscenities. You see, Yahoo was concerned that people might swear on the Internet, so they provided a list of words that the client should filter. A kind soul has preserved a packet dump from a successful login.Messenger for Unix was released in September 2003, while an unofficial beta (v1.0.6) from a Yahoo employee was released around the same time.
A special version was designed to exploit the new design elements of Vista's Windows Presentation Foundation and entitled a whole new user interface and features.
One then desired the company of a real person of the opposite gender, and so the thirsty generation waited, till the night fell and parents fell asleep, to fire up their dial-up modems, the whrrrrr hunting tone making them throb with the anticipation of the hunt, as they quietly dove into the world of Yahoo! Frequent denizens of Yahoo Chat, and I can only speak from the male perspective, knew the rules.
I mean, Desibaba was all well and good, but there is only so much that morphed pictures of Karishma Kapoor and stories of the “Bhabhi ki kharabi” series can do for a hot-blooded individual. Clicking on ids, initiating contact(virtual), waiting for replies, and then if Houston made contact, to proceed with the opening move that came to be known as a/s/l (Age/sex/location).
, despite the profusion of profiles with Ayesha Takia pictures. So Google built the Orkut replacement Google , the Rohit Sharma of social networks, supposedly very awesome but no one knows what its good for. Chat and Orkut no doubt, but more than them, for those kinder, simpler times, when corporations did not know what we got off to, when people were users, and not assets that drive stock valuations.
Facebook though won as the social network war, evil and omnipresent, monitoring and mining every thing you do.
The age of anonymity and multiple identities had come to an end, to be replaced by a more conventional interaction ethic that more resembled the real world’s. People started fleeing Orkut faster than industries from Bengal, and Orkut, once dutifully maintained and updated, became like a ghost post-apocalyptic cityscape, there and yet not there, Not that Orkut could not have been saved. Power had passed from the hands of engineers and scientists and intellectual adventurers to the MBA types. Chat was too anonymous to monetize through targeted advertisements.