Yahoo! Pulse gives users a quick and easy way to stay in touch and share information. The concept allows users to stay in touch with the pulse of their friends and family. Users can add a status update or comment. Others can respond and encourage additional interaction. Users can also include links and other elements to share with the people they know. Yahoo Pulse allows users to share their updates on popular social networking sites like Facebook. User profiles also include a thumbnail image to go with their status updates, making the interaction even more personal.Show more screenshots »
Yahoo! Pulse is a part of the Yahoo family of applications and websites. The parent company, Yahoo, was created in 1994 when David Filo and Jerry Yang built a site called David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Filo and Yang were Stanford University Electrical Engineering graduate students that wanted to create a directory of websites. On January 18th, 1995, the Yahoo domain was officially created and the search engine began to grow quickly. The company is still widely popular and even received a bid from Microsoft which was rejected.
In truth, Yahoo Pulse doesn’t really offer anything that many social networking websites do not already offer. Users can converse and share information and updates much the same way on Facebook walls and other social networking resources. On the up side, Yahoo Pulse does allow users to share their updates to sites like Facebook so they can bring it all together. However it might be hard to convince someone who already uses another alternative site to switch.
The Yahoo Pulse website welcomes users with a generally clean and open design. The homepage header features a light blue grey background with elegant bubbles that help contrast the yellow “Check It Out” button. User’s profiles are divided by tabs that gives the user access to various social networks to share their status updates.
Users can register for Yahoo Pulse by logging in to their Yahoo account. Those who do not have an account can click the blue “Create an account” link found along the right hand side of the page, below the yellow “Check It Out” button. The registration form requires a first and last name, gender, date of birth, country location, postal code, Yahoo ID (which will also be the user’s Yahoo email address), password, two security questions and answers and an optional alternative email address. The user must also enter a code provided at the bottom to verify that they are human.
Yahoo Pulse provides a fun, easy way to keep in touch with friends and family online, however it does not provide much more than the standard social networking website. These sites are generally free, and luckily Yahoo Pulse follows suit. There are no subscription fees or other charges for using the application. Anyone can sign up simply by creating a Yahoo account.
Yahoo Pulse is most helpful for those who already have an established Yahoo contact list. The application doesn’t offer much more than social networking websites so some user may be reluctant to change. Yahoo Pulse can help supplement a user’s social networking sites through linking features that allow users to post on multiple sites through Pulse.