Yahoo! Messenger offers special benefits to users that are available through the application. One of the perks is the crown that can appear next to a contact's name. The crown has a special meaning and benefits attached to it.
Yahoo! Messenger is an instant messaging application that allows real-time interactions between contacts. In addition to instant messaging, users can send and receive SMS text messages to mobile phones and place calls through the built-in voice feature in the application. The application is available in over 25 countries and is free to download and use. Yahoo! Messenger offers special features including awarding a crown to select users.
Yahoo! IM users who have a crown next to their ID are considered “Power Users.” A Power User has sent a lot of instant messages through the application. In addition to a crown, Power Users can also opt to use a trophy or badge to indicate their Yahoo IM status. When a Yahoo! IM user is eligible to get a crown, an invitation is sent to the email address registered to the account.
Power Users receive special benefits when an invitation to join the program is extended. Users have access to newer versions of Yahoo! Messenger before other users. Power Users are also invited to sign up for exclusive contests and giveaways. Other perks include access to an exclusive All-Stars Group through Yahoo! Groups and custom messenger avatar items. The avatar items are only available to Power Users and include such items as special online presence indicators for social networks and blogs.
The crown is available to Yahoo! Messenger users using versions 9.0 and up. If you are using an earlier version, you can download an updated version from the Yahoo! website. Your computer must meet the specifications for the newer versions of the application. Requirements for the Windows version of the application include at least 256 MB RAM, processor of at least 1GHz and operating system of Windows 2000 or higher.