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Yahoo! Photo Mail

Do you know anything about Yahoo! Photo Mail? If so, please share your information with us!

Well, to be honest with you, I didn’t know much about it until you asked this question. So, it’s a good thing you asked, because now we can all learn about this great program! There’s no more time to waste on not using this, so let’s get started!

First of all, the whole basis behind Yahoo! Photo Mail is “an easier way to share your photos by using your Yahoo! e-mail.” Before I go any further, I want you all to know two things. One: Yahoo! Photo Mail is still in the beta version, so they’re still trying to get all the quirks worked out (but it still works very well, so don’t worry too much!) Two: You need to have a Yahoo! account to be able to use this. Of course, if you already use Yahoo!’s e-mail service, you have an account. Or, if you use Yahoo! Messenger, you have an account. Just use the same username and password you have for either of those for this. Okay, now that all of that’s done, let’s really get started!

The best thing about Yahoo! Photo Mail is that you can insert your photos right into your e-mail messages. You no longer have to worry about attachments. How great is that?! You can either insert your own digital photos, pictures you may have saved in your own Yahoo! Photos or even images from the Yahoo! Image Search. So, basically, if you ever want to share a picture with someone else, you have several options to choose from!

Another great thing about this is that it makes it so much easier for your e-mail recipients to see the pictures you send them. When you insert an image into an e-mail, it makes it into a thumbnail type size, but there’s always a link included that lets the recipient see it at a larger size. Plus, you can send as many photos in one e-mail that you’d like. Also, like I said before, this means no more hassle with attachments and it also means no more huge downloads that the computer can’t handle. Everyone will be able to see all of the photos at a perfect size. Not too big and not too small. Just perfect!

With Yahoo! Photo Mail, you can also save all of the photos you send and receive from the Yahoo! Photos program. That way, you will be able to save all the pictures you deal with in one easy to access place. There is an unlimited amount of storage space for them and it’s all free too!

It’s very easy to get Yahoo! Photo Mail and start using it. The download size is only 1.3 MB, so it doesn’t take very long, no matter what kind of Internet connection you have. It only works with Windows 2000 and XP (I’m sure they’ll have something for Windows Vista soon too) and you can only use it with the Internet Explorer Web browser (5.5 or higher). As long as you have all of that, you can get started right now.

To do so, navigate to this Web site [1] and click on the Get Started button. Next, you will need to enter in your Yahoo! username and password and click Sign In. The first thing you’ll see is a download for the Quick Select Tool. This is just a utility that helps out with Yahoo! Photo Mail, so go ahead and complete the download. Click the Begin Install button and then hit Run twice. Next, just wait for the next window to come up, which may take a few seconds. The next thing you can do is either go on a tour to learn more about using the Quick Select Tool with Yahoo! Photo Mail or if you’re ready to begin right away, click the Use It Now! button.

You will then see some of your pictures. To experiment, just choose one and drag and drop it into the open area on the right hand side of the window. You can put more than one in if you want as well. When you’ve got all of them in there, click OK. They will automatically be put into an e-mail message for you. All you have to do now is enter in a recipient’s e-mail address, write a little note to them if you want and then click Send. From that point, it’s just like composing a regular e-mail. It’s so easy to use!

Then, once the recipient gets the e-mail, they can double click on the thumbnail size to make the image larger. If you’d like to add a photo to each e-mail that you send, just click on the Insert Photos button in your e-mail window and the same screen will come up. It’s so convenient! That’s about it. Doesn’t that just sound like the coolest thing you’ve heard about in a long time? I think so! I’m planning on using it all the time. That is, until my friends get tired of me sending them photos. : )


~ Erin