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Posted By Subodh on Thursday, October 02, 2008
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Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox Super convenient widget that allows visitors to your website/blog/social network to IM you privately. The best part! It takes less than a minute to get it working!

I just wish I wasn't so darned a critic. Couple of things I could have wished for first!

    Gimme some info, any info about the visitor: geolocation, IP address et al!
    Remember the visitor and their path; if Visitor A goes from page 1 to page 2, its still the same visitor
    It's easy to fake a nickname and confuse me. Doh!
    Too easy for spam-bots to spam me. I wonder how long I can keep this on my site.
    No Archive?

Alright, now onto the good part!

    Easy! easy to setup, easy to use.
    Allows one to be reachable by visitors to your blog.
    Doesn't bother my other identities.
    Allows me to still keep my identity hidden. No SPAM harvesting by rogue emailers.
    Cool themes and customizations to match the look and feel that I need.

Overall, I would rate this as one of more sensible Web 2.0 offerings from Yahoo! than many others that have fallen flat over last few years. It's a product that has a lot of promise if they continue developing, working on this in future.


Get your own Pingbox here.

Buzz up!

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  • Gravatar
    Sarah Bacon Thursday, October 02, 2008 at 11:54 PM
    Re: Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox™
    Thanks for your review Subodh!
    If your readers would like to create their own Pingbox, they can go to:

    Sarah Bacon
    Yahoo! Messenger Blog

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    Adrian Friday, October 03, 2008 at 12:04 AM
    Re: Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox™
    like the looks of this wigdet Does this work on WordPress hosted blogs too?

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    gilgirl Friday, October 03, 2008 at 12:16 AM
    Re: Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox™
    Oh! you so much sound like a Yahoo fanboy today. I like the looks of it at your site but I am not that sure I want to be buzzed by any random visitor. Unless of course I work for the helpdesk

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    tinkermeshimbers Friday, October 03, 2008 at 6:53 PM
    Re: Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox™
    ok, so I view source from your page, copy the code for your pingbox or whatever and paste it in comments at random places where html is allowed. Ha! I CAN SPOIL UR DAY BAD!!!
    that sucks. yahoo shud double check where the code is coming from

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    ajay vishy Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 8:09 PM
    Re: Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox™
    I tried this. Love it but I cannot use it. It makes my page load sooooo slow. not to mention this keeps opening a connection to yahoo all the time

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