|Yahoo Messenger Petition|
Email text contributed by Kerri Neubauer, 31 July 2001:
Yahoo is planning to take away Yahoo Messenger by August 25th 2001. If you want to keep out Yahoo Messenger free of charge, send this to everyone you know. It will be used as a petition. Each person you send this to counts as a "signature" If this petition gets 1000,000 signatures they will keep Yahoo Messener. If they do not receive 1000,000 votes you will have to pay $10.00 to have Messenger (per month). If you do care about this then please for everyone.... copy and paste this message to everyone!
Did we mention it's false? It ought to be obvious. Companies simply don't make business decisions this way. Yahoo has announced no plans to begin charging for its instant messenger service.
In a perfect world and we know this is a pipedream, but bear with us people would stop, read and think before they wasted everyone's time by forwarding worthless messages like this all over cyberspace. Imagine!
History: The AOL version of this hoax first appeared in 1998 and has circulated ever since. The MSN version appeared in July 2001, and the Yahoo version (above) followed a few weeks later. They're all virtually identical; they're all equally false.
AOL Instant Messenger Petition
As seen in 1998 and ever after
MSN Messenger Petition
Preceded the Yahoo version by a few weeks