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Yahoo! Messenger Power User or “Again…”

Posted by Justin Johnson on Friday, July 4th, 2008


In “Yahoo! Power Mailer or Prosperity Through Being Spammed“, I remarked on how I was a Yahoo! Power Mailer.

Now, apparently, I am also a “Yahoo! Messenger Power User”. It comes with the same token things, priority support, more input, and a special icon displayed next to your name on Yahoo! Messenger buddy lists.

According to the Yahoo! Messenger help pages, that means I am in the top 5% of Yahoo! Messenger users.


Is this Yahoo!’s way of drumming up support in view of its steadily declining popularlity? Are they trying to buy the users with token items?

I’ll admit that having a distinctive icon (I chose the badge) next to my name appear on Yahoo! Messenger buddy lists is quite nice, and a good bragging point (*polishes*)… but, what does it really matter?

I will admit, that I do IM a considerable amount… but I definitely didn’t think I was in the top 5% of Yahoo! Messenger users. And I will say that, given the IMvironments, its sleek interface, and how it isn’t that bad of a memory hog, I am partial to Yahoo! as a messenger.

Final Words:

I think Yahoo! should give stock in its company to Power Users. We use it, we make you your money, give some back!


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Yahoo! Power Mailer or Prosperity Through Being Spammed

Posted by Justin Johnson on Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I’ve had a Yahoo! account since 23rd September 2000. Nearly 7 years.

In those 7 years, I’ve sent a whopping 80 messages using it, 4 in 2007. (For comparison, in the 2 years I’ve had a Gmail account, I’ve sent 103.) However, I get about 50 – 100 e-mails a day. 90% of them being spam and the others being newsletters or automated junk.

At 10 AM today, I recieved an e-mail through my Yahoo! account — that I just happened to notice through the Messenger popup, otherwise it would have gone unread for a week — thanking me for being a “Yahoo! Power Mailer”.

Yahoo! Power Mailer e-mail

I will admit, for a while, Yahoo! was my primary account. But, their spam filters are royally lacking and I get a large quantity of spam because of the age of my account and the wide sales of that e-mail address. So, spam filtering is a major concern.

So, I’m being rewarded for being spammed and having suffered with near useless spam filters? I suppose that does deserve a little compensation. And that’s what this is, a LITTLE compensation. What have I gotten? 10 more megabytes of attachment space within an e-mail (that I don’t even use in the first place). The 24 hour support is a crock, because, if the service isn’t working like it should, support over IM isn’t going to fix the problem faster. Kind of like dialing 911 to report a loud party instead of using the non-emergency number. And if I’m a “Power User” like they say, I shouldn’t need basic “How do I forward an e-mail?” help.

But, hark, a notice at the bottom: “Access to these features is available for a limited period of time and may be discontinued at any time without notice to you.” So, in one paragraph I’m a loved “loyal user” and in another, I might not even be worth notifying if you guys decide to change your minds.

Final Words:
I’m going to frame my Golden Inbox Reward and even put in the “Be a Better Power Mailer!” bit. It’s quite inspirational really. You too can prosper through being spammed.

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Internet Profile Literacy or “I saw ur pro, ur cute, a/s/l?”

Posted by Justin Johnson on Saturday, August 11th, 2007

MySpace (if not every profile service) has options to set the three commonly requested bits of personal data: age, sex, and location (oft shortened to a/s/l).

They’ve recently begun to list the data in the page title, allowing it to display in the title bar.

Facebook has enough options on personal data to where, when filled out completely, you feel like you already know a person. But you have to be somehow connected to them to see it.

More often than not, at some time during a conversation on MySpace, I’ll be asked where I live. Admittedly, what I’ve set as my location (“The Hellish-Hell-Hole, Formerly Known as Oak Park, Michigan”) is a bit confusing. But, you should still be able to figure it out.

Even worse, I’ve been asked how old I am, even though my profile has my birthday in the about me, and my age in the title bar. It’s about there that I block them as being unintelligent. 

I’m sure everybody’s done it now and then, it’s habit from the old days of chatting where all you got was a short paragraph of text in an AOL profile. But, with the development of MySpace, you’ll learn a lot about a person by looking at their background and what music they have on their page.

I’m not the only one annoyed by this. Lately I’ve been seeing literacy tests in profiles. People are beginning to ask that you input some random keyword when you send them a message to make sure you’ve actually read the bloody thing. Smart people. There’s few things more aggravating than being asked “so wut kind of music do u listen to?” when there’s a long list on your Facebook profile, or a 20+ song music player on your MySpace.

And another thing: If somebody asks, “do u have aim or yahoo?”, and you do, DON’T JUST SAY YES! Say yes… AND GIVE THEM YOUR SCREEN NAME. It’s just… simple logic. You’re likely going to give it to them anyways, so, why are you going to fluster them and make them ask “wut is it?”.

Final Words:
Read the profiles before you send them a message. It makes sense. You’ll get to know the person you’re talking to, and you won’t sound like a bloody idiot.

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