How to Join a Yahoo Chat Room

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Joining a chat room on Yahoo is simple and fun. Yahoo calls their chat rooms 'Yahoo Groups.' With Yahoo Groups, you can learn more about a subject, ask questions and talk to others with a common interest online. If you're ready to start talking, you can join a Yahoo Chat Room in just seconds.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access

Navigate Yahoo Pages or Begin Chatting

  1. Visit Yahoo's home page (see Resources below).

  2. Click the 'Sign In' link and enter your username and password in the fields provided.

  3. Click on 'Groups' in the list of services on the Yahoo home page.

  4. Select a chat room that sounds like one you'd like to join by clicking on its name.

  5. Enter the chat room by clicking on the 'Join This Group' link. You will be taken to a page where you'll need to enter some brief information before joining.

  6. Create a profile if you don't have one so others you are chatting with can view things like your hobbies and your picture if you choose. However, be sure not to reveal too much personal information in your profile, such as your phone number or address.

Start Chatting

  1. Have a look around after you have registered to enter the chat room. You can view messages that other members are leaving, read their profiles and browse archives of message histories to get to know the chat room.

  2. Say hello once you get comfortable. You can do this by clicking on 'Start Topic' and then typing your message in the fields provided and clicking 'Send.' A simple introduction is as appropriate for your first message in a chat room as it is at a party or anywhere else.

  3. Enjoy your chatting experience! Messages are added almost constantly so there is almost always something new to read and comment on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sign up for a Yahoo account if you don't have one by clicking 'Sign Up' on Yahoo's home page. You must have a Yahoo account to join a Yahoo chat room.
  • View the Yahoo Groups Help page any time you want to learn more about an aspect of chatting on Yahoo (see Resources below).
  • Never use foul language, advertise services or insult other users in a chat room. Many chat rooms are moderated and you will be denied future access to a chat room if you break the rules.
  • Never give out your phone number or other personal information to people you meet online. Chat rooms are fun but there are Internet predators who can steal from you or otherwise be of danger.


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