Welcome To Yahoo! FANcouver

Our Vancouver 2010 Olympic adventure continues with a trip down to Yaletown to check out the Yahoo! FANcouver welcome center. Yahoo! seems to be the only Internet based company to have a presence in the Olympics. Their welcome center had a broadcast station, free wifi, video games, hot chocolate and coffee, photo stations and rolls of iMac to check your Gmail Yahoo! Mail. It was a nice place to relax after walking all day.

The Yahoo! FANcouver center is located at the site of the old Mini Yaletown (1039 Hamilton Street). I mistakenly said that Mini went under and Yahoo! took over the location. That was not the case. Mini Yaletown moved to a temp location during the Games.

When I went to check my email on one of the public iMacs, I discovered that the last user forgot to log out of her Gmail account. I had complete access to it. let this video serve as a reminder to always log out when using any public computers.


29 thoughts on “Welcome To Yahoo! FANcouver”

  1. Harry says:

    HAHAHA! Nice hope she wasn’t a Yahoo employee 😀

    1. I do not think that Yahoo employee will use GMAIL … lollzz

  2. Harry says:

    BTW, the global translator ain’t working.

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s not instant. When someone clicks on a new language, it takes time for it to translates.

      1. Harry says:

        Oh Thanx! I removed it from my blog assuming that its not working. Looks like I was a bit dumb there 🙂

    2. S Ahsan says:

      It works perfectly, although some wordings might come out weird.

  3. Looks like a great atmosphere there, John. And good on you for logging out of the account for that person. Many people wouldn’t be that honest.

    1. He have to after all shooting was going on …. lolzzz

  4. chester says:

    The Yahoo sports fan center in Yaletown is pretty neat. They even offer free hot chocolate and is fully accessible to the public. Good to have them here.

    1. Would love to try Yahoo at there …

  5. So much going on around you guys right now. So cool.

    1. Certainly Vancouver is happening place now.

  6. Joana says:

    fortunately, the good people who have found an account that has not been logged out,, hehehe

    1. Yes … she was really lucky.

  7. CNA training says:

    I think the problem is really bad with gmail as it tends to store passwords in the cookie files and hence if I close the browser, I continue to be logged in. May be quite confusing for many people.

    1. In this case Yahoo is too good … and once you close the browser they will ask you password again …

      Or may be she have clicked on Logged in button.

    2. Easily fixed in your browser settings. And if you go out in public, you can carry a jump drive with a mini-Firefox installation on it!

  8. Mathew Day says:

    Nice video John, you’re such a saint. 🙂 Looks like Yahoo got some nice publicity there at the Olympics in Yaletown.

  9. cool……very funny to see the way you picturised it…..true….security starts at home…….people should develop the habit of securing their identity on their own……….again its a sense of commitment…

  10. Diabetis says:

    I wish that I was there too! I would really like someof those freebies.

  11. I walked by and never thought to go in there. Didn’t look too interesting. Just a ton of people taking pictures. I couldn’t even get in the door if I tried.

    1. Than you missed the fun …

      You should have get in and its quite possible than your photo was also showing in above pics.

  12. AdWooz says:

    When I’ve been there and check my e-mail, John, I found you didn’t log off from yours 🙂 I’m just kidding.
    Nice venue great atmosphere !

  13. I am sure Sally will love all this when she will grow and see this again.

    Sweet memory.

  14. Chris says:

    You just need to be through in logging out of gmail. well done John for doing the right thing.

  15. fas says:

    Haha I guess purposely she logged in knowing that no one would understand the language.

  16. Lets send an email to her/him by saying that John Chow have saved her/his account.

    As we all know his/her ID.

  17. i believe the language mentioned there is korean

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