Yahoo closes chat rooms after misuse

June 24, 2005


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Reacting to angry protests from several of its top sponsors, Yahoo Inc has pulled the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat roomsoperating on its site after a media report revealed that some of the rooms were used to promote sex with minors.

Companies such as PepsiCo Inc, State Farm Insurance and Georgia-Pacific Corp stopped advertising onYahoo after they were informed that adults were attempting to lure children into sexual encounters within some of Yahoo's user-created chat rooms, according to a report by KPRC-TV in Houston.

KPRC reported that in some cases, men were using Web cameras to send lewd pictures to minors in chat rooms with such titles as "Younger Girls 4 Older Guys" and "Girls 13 And Under for Older Guys."

Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako, who declined to say when the service will return or why all the user-created sites were closed, said the Internet portal shuttered the service for improvements and to ensure "compliance with our terms of service."


Yahoo closes chat rooms after misuse

June 24, 2005


OR

Reacting to angry protests from several of its top sponsors, Yahoo Inc has pulled the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat roomsoperating on its site after a media report revealed that some of the rooms were used to promote sex with minors.

Companies such as PepsiCo Inc, State Farm Insurance and Georgia-Pacific Corp stopped advertising onYahoo after they were informed that adults were attempting to lure children into sexual encounters within some of Yahoo’s user-created chat rooms, according to a report by KPRC-TV in Houston.

KPRC reported that in some cases, men were using Web cameras to send lewd pictures to minors in chat rooms with such titles as “Younger Girls 4 Older Guys” and “Girls 13 And Under for Older Guys.”

Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako, who declined to say when the service will return or why all the user-created sites were closed, said the Internet portal shuttered the service for improvements and to ensure “compliance with our terms of service.”


Creativity & Leadership

June 24, 2005


"Everyone has creative potential, but creative people think they are creative."

Self-esteem is one of the most important elements of creativity. People must believe in their ability to develop original ideas and they must continue to believe in themselves after repeated failures.

Creativity flourishes in an environment that rewards attempts, as well as successes, and is conducive to failure. People must feel comfortable failing before they will repeatedly take risks or attempt creative approaches.

Four stages of the creative process:

1. Explorer. Finding new ideas and resources from which an idea may be built.

2. Artist. Transforming ideas (gathered by the explorer) into something new.

3. Judge. Ideas developed by the artist are evaluated and their merits are weighed; suggestions are offered on how they can be improved or further developed.

4. Warrior. Implementation of the ideas approved by the judge requiring persistence and determination.


Creativity & Leadership

June 24, 2005


“Everyone has creative potential, but creative people think they are creative.”

Self-esteem is one of the most important elements of creativity. People must believe in their ability to develop original ideas and they must continue to believe in themselves after repeated failures.

Creativity flourishes in an environment that rewards attempts, as well as successes, and is conducive to failure. People must feel comfortable failing before they will repeatedly take risks or attempt creative approaches.


Four stages of the creative process:

1. Explorer. Finding new ideas and resources from which an idea may be built.

2. Artist. Transforming ideas (gathered by the explorer) into something new.

3. Judge. Ideas developed by the artist are evaluated and their merits are weighed; suggestions are offered on how they can be improved or further developed.

4. Warrior. Implementation of the ideas approved by the judge requiring persistence and determination.