Smile — you're on camera!
A webcam (web camera) allows you to share live video images of yourself (or things near you) while you are instant messaging with a friend. Start your webcam during a conversation, or invite friends to tune in by broadcasting a link to your webcam as your status.
When you set your status to "View My Webcam", that means you are inviting friends to tune in to your broadcast. Friends can click on your status message to indicate that they want to see your webcam. You will then receive your friend's request to view your webcam which you can accept or deny.
In addition, most major webcam manufacturers make them compatible with Yahoo Messenger; just look for the Yahoo Messenger logo on the package.
Need help setting up your webcam? Visit the Yahoo Messenger Help Center.