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 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?