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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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