Yahoo! has launched Messenger 9.0 version with Pingbox. It is a brand-new feature in Yahoo Messenger that lets bloggers/web site admins to have a real time chat with visitors. It is a simple flash widget script you can embed on your blog, MySpace page, etc.
Visitors to your site can use it to have an IM conversation with you directly, without the need for signing up or logging in.
Pingbox is very useful for site admins/bloggers, online sellers and social networking folks. Pingbox application connects your Yahoo Messenger application to interface with visitors and automatically shows up as a temporary contact on your buddy list for the duration of their stay on your site. This Pingbox lets visitors IM you anonymously (or they can identify themselves) without needing to download or even sign into Yahoo! Messenger. The good news is you’re anonymous too; visitors to your page never see your Yahoo! ID. Pingbox is great for giving your site/page/profile visitors a quick way to chat with you. Go ahead.. create your own custom Pingbox and add on your blog or profile!
Apart from Pingbox, Yahoo! messenger 9.0 has come up with a whole lot of new features like: New Skins, Return of the Original emoticons, Inline Video and picture viewer, Import contacts wizard, Yahoo! games are back (these were previously taken off) and many more!
I have already added the Y! Pingbox to my blog. Feel free to catch me directly from my blog whenever I am online.