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Yahoo is an excellent site with free email, web sites, online games and chat rooms. Yahoo comes with an excellent search engine, so you can find what you're looking for in seconds. It also gives you access to their online shopping, the stock market, TV listings, sites for children only, news and more.
To get the free services below and more you have to register with yahoo, this only takes a few minutes but it is well worth it.
As a member myself, I get access to loads of services for free, including chat, Online games, email and geocities.
Yahoo chat is one of the best Java chat rooms online. It has an easy navigation to get through the different rooms as well as rooms for every interest possible. With rooms to do with TV, sports, adult rooms and more (in fact over 500 rooms). Yahoo chat can be accessed in many countries, whether you're from the UK, China, Japan or any other country you will be able to access the site.
The chat rooms are easy to use, with members profiles so that you can add view about people without having to ask them, e.g. age, sex, location, web site etc. In the profiles you can put anything you want about your self, including email address, favorite site links and more as well as being able to put a picture or photograph on it.
Yahoo chat also has rooms for famous people. This is where you are able to talk to famous stars as well as ask them questions. The stars in the past have been singers, wrestlers, actors including someone out of Mummy 2 and various other famous people.
With the yahoo chat also comes private messaging (PM's) and Messenger. This is so you can speak to other people, whether in different chat rooms or logged on to yahoo but not in a chat room.
Yahoo chat also disallows anyone under the age of 18 to use yahoo chat rooms. Anyone under the age of 18 who has opened an account before may 2001, will still be able to use it in chat, but after that date any new accounts will not be able to be used in yahoo chat unless your age is over 18.
Yahoo/Geocities web sites. www.geocities.com
This is an excellent part of yahoo where your are able to create your own site for free. With Geocities, which is owned by Yahoo, you are able to create a web site and have it online for free. The only disadvantage about it is your site won't be www.mad_as_a_hatter2000.com but will be www.geocities.com/mad_as_a_hatter2000, but apart from that it is excellent. Geocities also gives you free counters, statistics, clocks, search engines, guest books and more which you can put on your site for free. With this site you are able to create a site using HTML there and then, or you can create one on your PC, at anytime, day or night and upload it onto Geocities when you log on.
This part of yahoo allows you to play games online, whether on your own or against people from around the world for free. There are over 50 free Java games you can play, including scrabble, chess, fantasy games (games where you make up your own teams, e.g. football Formula 1), card games (poker, blackjack and various others.) and more.
The games are easy to play with online rules so that if you don't know how to play, you will be able to by reading about them. Yahoo games also come with a chat room under the game you are playing, so that you are able to talk and play against your competitors at the same time.
With the games you earn American dollars. Its not money you get to take home or put in a bank, in other words the only time you see it is when you log on to yahoo games. The amount of money you have earned by the end of the day will be the same total as when you next play.
This site has an excellent email facility. Whenever you get an email, yahoo messenger will alert you so that your email account will never get forgotten about. With yahoo email, you are able to use you account on Microsoft Outlook so that you can get into your account without having to log on each time.
Yahoo also promises that every email, which is sent to you, is checked using antivirus software. This is an excellent email company and I would vote it 2nd best out of all the email sites, with www.uboot.com, coming first.
Overall Rating: With many more free services than what I have listed. I would vote this the best site on the net, ok I prefer a better email service like the one uboot provide but overall yahoo is excellent. Each service on this site is excellent, from chat to search engines and more. It is well worth joining.
If you want an email address or site of your own e.g. www.mysite.com or email@example.com and not something like firstname.lastname@example.org or www.geocities.com/name then you are able to do it through yahoo, but unfortunately you have to pay for it.
Disadvantages about the site are that whatever you want to use you have to download software to use it. Each game has a bit of software you have to download, but don't worry it's only a little bit and will not take up that much memory (the games take up hardly anything).
Yahoo chat also has a very small bit of software you have to download but unlike the games you only need one bit of software to access all rooms.
Yahoo messenger takes up the most memory out of all the services, but with this you are able to go straight into chat rooms, have a personal chat room for you and your friends, be alerted when you have an email and more.
The geocities service takes up no memory on your computer.