It's that time again!!! Unwritten and some 1000 other blogs participated last year, and this year looks to be even bigger! Just like last year, I've opened up the blog to host 26 fabulous writers, with each day of the challenge representing the letters of the alphabet from A-Z. I've asked each writer to focus on something that is personal to them, so we can learn more about each other.
Please check out some of the other blogs in the challenge here:
Y is for...Yahoo
(Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle)
I let my mind wander through a whole list of Y topics before settling on one that does affect me and millions of others. I can only touch on the far-reaching branches that make up the world of Yahoo.
Yahoo was founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo. It was incorporated in April 1995 and investors of Sequoia Capital funded Yahoo with an initial amount of nearly two million dollars. It’s an American multi-national internet corporation. Yahoo is a web portal and search engine which boasts of 700 million visitors to its sites per month. Its original name was David and Jerry’s Guide to the Worldwide Web, but they wanted a catchier name. Using the dictionary, they chose Yahoo for its meaning: unsophisticated, rude and uncouth. David and Jerry are now billionaires. They had a vision that paid off.
I’m sure we’ve all heard of Yahoo Mail and the Instant Messenger. The groups are also very popular, and I’ve just discovered there are many available to authors, even genre specific groups. We can read Yahoo news, financials, advertising, online mapping, sports, and do video sharing with ease.
My favorite Yahoo programs are the Yahoo Messenger with chat formats, both with typing or video and sound. The SMS (short message service) texting feature is very important to me because I’m deaf. I can text anyone’s cell phone if it is internet enabled, and their reply shows up on my Yahoo Messenger in a chat format. I thought it was just in the US, but I chatted with a friend in Turkey using SMS texting – completely free of charge. You simply click on a friends name on your messenger list and scroll to: send SMS message.
My friends know I am addicted to Yahoo Pool. I play on a league in the evenings to relax, and I’m good at it. Yahoo has hundreds of game sites, and many games, including pool, can be played directly from the Yahoo Messenger. I’d be glad to teach you messenger pool, but only if you can promise not to become addicted like I am.
I use Yahoo on a daily basis to stay in touch with friends and family. I’d definitely be lost without it.
Leona Pence started reading romance novels as a teen. She graduated from Nancy Drew stories to Harlequin Romance, and then to her favorite author, Barbara Cartland and her vast Regency romance collection. Happy endings were a must.
Leona began writing late in life after the death of her husband of forty-four years. They married on her 19th birthday after a three month courtship – and yes – love at first sight really did happen.
She enjoys reading, writing, online pool, and especially being a Mentor in F2K, a free online writing course.
She recently signed a contract with MuseItUp Publishing for her romance novel, Hemphill Towers. It is tentatively set for release in ebook format in late summer 2013.