Avast, me hearties! Yon 'morrow is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. If'n ye'd like to bellow like a true buccaneer, ye best be practicin' smartly 'fore the dawn. "Yes" tis an "aye," "no" tis a "nay," yer neighbor tis a "bilge rat," an' yer boss be a "scallywag." "Wow" be "blimey!" an' "gangway!" is what ye yells from yer car window. An' ye best learn how to chat like a pirate, too. Here's what we got shipshape this week:
- Unleash your inner curator: If you're a photo nut, it's easy to get sucked into exploring the more than 3.4 billion photos on Flickr. And if you've ever wanted to collect and horde your favorites by theme, have we got a new feature for you. Introducing Flickr Galleries, which gives members a handy way to celebrate the creativity of their fellow photographer. You can curate together up to 18 public photos or videos in one place - Big Ben, blue eyes, snails, cats with thumbs, mannequins, what have you. To get started, just click on the "Add to Gallery" icon on the menu bar. Just five days out of the gate and it's a very popular feature - you've created more than 25,000 galleries to date. More here.
- Out with the old: The Messenger team has news for anyone using Yahoo! Messenger versions 6.0 through 7.5. As of September 30th, we'll be retiring those oldies. If you're using anything below 8.0, you'll find you won't be able to sign in. That's the price of progress, right? (We wouldn't want you to be that guy still using a mobile phone with an antennae.) While Messenger 9.0 and the beta of Messenger 10 are rich in features like video sharing, full-screen video chat, spam protection, and more, we realize people like options. So after September 30th, you can also try Yahoo! Messenger for the Web or the IM built into Yahoo! Mail. More here.
- Celebrate en Español: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Yahoo! En Español has teamed up with Kodak to invite Latinos - and Latinos at heart - to "Muestra Tu Herencia" (Show Your Heritage). Folks are invited to upload photos of friends and family through October 31st as well as leave comments. For every photo uploaded, Yahoo! and Kodak will donate $4 to the Hispanic College Fund (up to $20,000). And as of October 12th, we'll unveil a digital photo mosaic of all the submitted photos as a tribute to Hispanic families across the U.S. Muchas gracias!