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If there are one or more usernames that you’ve always wanted to use on Yahoo.com, the company has now set up a Watch List that allows you to submit (for $1.99 USD) up to 5 unused user IDs that you will be notified for if and when they become available.

Back in July, the online company started recycling usernames Yahoo Preps Username Recycle Program With Facebook Verification [Updates] Yahoo Preps Username Recycle Program With Facebook Verification [Updates] Yahoo recently set out to recycle usernames that have not been accessed in over a year and will utilize Facebook verification to confirm ownership. The new program will allow existing users to claim these names... Read More that had not been accessed in over a year. Yahoo! utilized the Facebook verification process to allow existing users to claim recycled names while still retaining the data of those unused user IDs.

With this new Watchlist service, you may now be able to claim common usernames like David, Alex, Maria, and Jennifer, or brand or cartoon related names like Batman, Superman, or MacUser. The user IDs that you request will stay on the Watchlist for 3 years, and if during the time any of them become available, you will be notified. At the end of the three year period, you get the option to re-register the names for additional $1.99. Unclaimed user IDs are disturbed on a first come, first served basis.

Releasing dormant usernames gives Yahoo! users an opportunity to use IDs without numbers (e.g David738@yahoo.com vs David@yahoo.com) attached to them. This means however that you if you don’t access your Yahoo! account for more than 12 months, it may come up for grabs by another user. This Yahoo! policy is counter to the ones set up by other web companies, like Google and YouTube, in which profile names never become inactive once they are claimed.

Some Yahoo! users may not like this new policy. Let us know what you think of it. Are their Yahoo! user IDs you’ve been longing for but couldn’t get?

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Source: TechCrunch

  1. NowayYahoo
    August 31, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Yahoo is so insane. Instead of opening their doors to ANYONE with an existing mail account, people are urged to create a new mail account just to use the damn chat. So stupid people there.

    Then no customer support at all. I was a business customer, ages ago. Not a single of my mails has been answered.

    Yahoo = no way Jose!

  2. Ed
    August 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I actually like the Yahoo mail tabbed interface, but really hate their lack of good spam filtering.

    Already migrated my use to a zoho account. Has a tabbed interface; looks a bit dated circa 1999, but works well and no spam. If Outlook.com had a tabbed interface, I would use it exclusively as I really like the look of it. Tied to Gmail due to Android, but never use it for actual emails as the interface, conversation view and labels are not really my thing (yes I have conversation view off, but can't do it from Android Gmail).

    As a side note, Yahoo recycling accounts is a security risk waiting to happen. Not to mention the spam new users of recycled accounts will get (and maybe other peoples' bank statements).

  3. Mark A
    August 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Good luck receiving those spam from the previous username

  4. Guy M
    August 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I like this idea and kind of wish other services would do this as well. If one is trying to brand themselves across various sites, this would be very handy.

  5. dragonmouth
    August 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Anything to make a buck!

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