Originally I wanted to just make a simple review of Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta several weeks ago but after using it for a while I ended up reviewing things that I don\’t like about it. It is easy to overlook these things if you don\’t pay attention.

It seems like everyone is riding the Facebook bandwagon because it adds the \”cool factor\” and it also eliminates the hassle of creating another account.

Enter Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta with Facebook chat and social games.

With the latest beta version, YM effectively integrates not only with Windows Live but also with Facebook chat, too. Posting status to Yahoo! Pulse, Facebook and Twitter is also now supported. You can also play social games from Zynga, Elex and OMGPOP which some people really look forward to. Yahoo is also releasing YM for Android so video calls among PC, iPhone and Android users would be soon possible using Yahoo Messenger.

Yahoo had also changed how conversion history are recorded. All conversation logs are now recorded online. Read again carefully: online. It even prompts you to import your old conversation archive online; something that I won\’t do because I would like my conversations archived on my computer, not in the internet. It poses privacy concerns despite the ease of access to recent conversations anywhere you log in.

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This puzzles me. I don\’t know why Yahoo enabled signing in to multiple PC simultaneously when conversations are recorded online anyway. You can already send offline messages in YM so why do you need to be always online in two different places? You can\’t do that in previous versions and I consider that a good feature. Allowing only one session secures that the older session gets logged out so it saves you from worrying if you logged out from your friend\’s laptop or a public computer rental. I hope Yahoo rethink this feature.

Linking or integrating Yahoo Messenger 11 with Facebook will require you to log in your Facebook account. Then you\’ll get this prompt:

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That\’s a lot to ask Yahoo. I thought RockMelt was awful asking for my personal information because it is a browser but Yahoo Messenger is worse. I haven\’t seen a chat client asking that much information so that I could simple chat in Facebook. Obviously Yahoo is data mining user information and it is something I am not happy to participate in.

For my last note, I miss the days when Yahoo Messenger is running lean and using conservative amount of memory. Running YM 11 beta with the default settings (updates and plug-ins enabled), the application could easily eat over 100mb of memory. I know it is still in beta but it is quite heavy. I hope they will fine-tune it in the final build.

You can download the latest beta here.

So what do you think of Yahoo Messenger 11 Beta?

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  • Olatunji

    The memory consumption is way too much…

  • ConcernedaboutPrivacy

    Remove the History online feature… it is a real privacy issue. It also lags during message typing when you have more than one message window opened… there should be an option to only archive messages on your computer… I uninstalled YM 11 Beta for that reason…
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  • how can i disable online archiving?
    i also uninstalled ym 11

    • MV

      Go to your preferences and double check if you are archiving. I think the only way is to not archive at all. Don’t check that box for archive import.

  • Karen

    I also uninstalled ym 11. Serious privacy issues with their online archiving regardless of whether or not I can disable it. I will not install it again if the only way I can archive is on their servers, and not my own computer.

  • sandycheeks

    Biggest concern is online message archiving. I read their privacy policy direct from Yahoo’s website. It actually says they will monitor conversation history to provide better advertising, and also to detect spam and malware. That’s right, by searching your archived chats. Even if you turn off archiving, if the other party your chatting with has it enabled, both parties conversations get uploaded to the Yahoo servers.

  • MV

    Thank you for the tip sandycheeks. Yahoo removed my blog pingback to their beta announcement when I wrote about this privacy concern… I may have to do some follow-up on this topic regarding that policy.

  • Andrew Pelt

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  • Thanks for this Blog Post.

    I agree with the Privacy issues of Archiving messages online.
    I also reverted to Version 10 from 11.

  • Daniel

    History online is even worse! I opted out, and somehow I wasn’t able to view the history anymore. So you either have it (online) or you still have it (on your drive), but it’s encrypted and the program can’t read it.

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