Yahoo! Feels the Holiday Spirit, Spreads Some Love
Article by George Norman
On 15 Dec 2009
Ten days from now children will be rushing down the stairs and ripping open all the presents under the Christmas tree. As the holidays approach, Yahoo! reminds us that we should be kind to the people around us, that we should spread some love. At least during the holiday season you could stop being a self-centered jerk and take a look around you (that was me, Yahoo! was a lot more eloquent).

“In the spirit of the holidays, Yahoo! is encouraging our community to create a ripple of good around the world by doing random acts of kindness. You in? Surprise someone by paying for their morning coffee. Or drop off a warm coat at the homeless shelter. Then update your Yahoo! status to inspire your friends and family to do something good for someone else,” commented Program Manager with Yahoo! Mail, Andrew Molyneux.


In the Yahoo! Mail status update box you will see a heart from now until the end of the year. All you have to do is click the heart and let everyone know you took Yahoo!’s offer, that you in. Then you can click the exclamation point and view some random acts of kindness. When you’re done updating your status, you can see what other people in the Yahoo! network are doing to spread kindness by visiting

Moving on, Yahoo! has also announced that its online holiday card is here. Yahoo!’s Lucas Mast explains: “Come build a snowman that’s totally YOU! Have fun making your snowballs, choosing facial features and adding expressive arms. Then add your background theme—everything from holiday patterns to tropical islands—and top it off with props like a Yahoo! Pashmina, sombrero, cell phone or pet panda. And once you have created your own winter wonderland, you can share it with friends and family by sending a link with Yahoo! Mail or Yahoo! Messenger, or you can post it on Facebook or Twitter.”

You can build your own snowman online holiday card at

In related news, the holidays have put computational knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha in a giving mood. Consequently the Wolfram Alpha iPhone app, the one that sold for $50, is now being offered at a considerable discount. You can grab the Wolfram Alpha iPhone app for $20 from now until the end of the month.

Tags: Yahoo!, Kidness, Holiday card, Snowman
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