Yahoo! has announced today that they will be freeing up “short, sweet, and memorable” Yahoo! IDs on July 15th. If you have been inactive for at least 12 months on Yahoo!, you will lose your ID. This is good news for users that want to have a better ID to use while on Yahoo!
“If you?re like me, you want a Yahoo! ID that?s short, sweet, and memorable like firstname.lastname@example.org instead of email@example.com. A Yahoo! ID is not only your email address, it also gives you access to content tailored to your interests ? like sports scores for your favorite teams, weather in your hometown, and news that matters to you,” said Yahoo! SVP of Platforms Jay Rossiter on the company blog.
I still remember how much in demand an invitation to Gmail was when the service first came out. One person even traded a signed Kobe Bryant basketball for an invitation to Gmail. Fortunately I was able to grab a short user-name for my own name, but I believe I PayPalled someone $10 for it.
Yahoo! users that stake a claim on certain IDs will be told which one that they have received. You can claim multiple IDs at once, but can only switch to one.
If you have a Yahoo! ID that you want to keep, all you have to do is log in to any Yahoo! service before July 15th.