Yahoo’s LIVE Deaf Chat Room!
I need to share this experience with you. Today, approximately 3pm EST, Tayler Mayer IM’ed me and we had our usual “DeafRead” business chat. That’s my job as an Human Editor.
Somehow during our IM conversation, Tayler introduced me a new experimental program designed by Yahoo, and it is called, Y! Live Chat.
I joined the chat room with Tayler, and I was blown away how easy for Tayler and I were able to chat to each other. We were talking about who else we can invite to join to the room. Naturally, we asked Jared Evans.
Jared joined, then it seems working beautifully.
Tayler was so excited about this technology, and he posted this announcement on DeafRead at 3:30pm – and before we know it, more and more people joined!
We never expected the number of visitors ran up almost 80 people simultaneously!
Here’s the screen capture of the chat room for you to see…
Imagine – LaRonda Zupp, Seek Geo, Deaf Roger and Nancy Bloch, Executive Director of NAD in the same LIVE chat room with me???? LaRonda is from Bay Area, Seek Geo is from Eastern Washington State, Deaf Roger from Canada, Nancy from Maryland, Tayler in Los Angeles and me in Atlanta chatting each other at this hour?
Mind blowing! So many conversations happening at the same time. It is just like a real Deaf Club where we can mingle, and have some important conversations. Someone are watching us chatting… just like the…
And…. guess what?
This chat room became so popular and it showed up on the front page of Yahoo Live Chat homepage! We are the 2nd highest ranking popular channel!
Be warned… it will cause headaches! Have Tylenol ready near you. Its very addictive.
P.S. at about 11:00pm — a ‘troll’ broke into the chatroom and disrupted the fun. Remember, this Yahoo LIVE chat room is still an experimental application/program and with these trolls – it really damped the fun.
I am so disappointed that when something is really good for our community, then someone who just like to barge in and ruined the fun. Calling us terrible names and mocking our disability.
I just hope that Yahoo can improve this to make it bit more secure and prevent trolls.