Yahoo Mail Launches Social Networking Features


Yahoo Mail has launched social networking features into email service. Different tools are provided that let people use email service to make different communities on friends or interest. Yahoo Mail is having around 275 million users world wide and the Vice President, John Kremer feels that - Mail is the largest dormant social graph.

Now the smarter inbox puts all the emails from friends and family in a separate file so that it doesn't get mixed up with other work related emails. Giving more spam protection. An authorization is given for the first time to install third party softwares in the inbox. For example, Movie recommendation service Flixster, tools for the popular blog service WordPress.

As experienced with most of the forums, links from the different websites for the images can be found in Yahoo Mail's messages. Also Xoopit, widely used by gmail users till date, will now fetch all the images from your inbox and store at one place. It gives users a facility to view all photographs [even the photographs stored in oldest email] at one place.

It is a very good initiative by Yahoo to attract more people to it's popular email service and let their existing users spend more time on their ad-supported pages. Yahoo has put one exciting features available for developers, which is found in a smart social networking website, FaceBook - To let third-party developers create fun, hip, or functional applications.

Yahoo isn't trying to be a MySpace or Facebook, but wants to add "the right bits of social that make sense to our audience," said Yahoo Audience Product Division vice president Ash Patel. It is going to be a really interesting war to see where the user bases end up.

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