Unless you're quick to sign up with new services, snagging a simple user ID with your name, or just about any word from the English dictionary, can be unlikely. If you're only first joining Yahoo today (for one reason or another), however, registering any account without a handful of random numbers tacked on at the end is downright impossible. That'll soon change. The internet giant has announced on Tumblr that come July 15th, IDs that have been inactive for more than a year will be released to the public, giving firstname.lastname@example.org a chance to snag email@example.com, for example. The decision seems perfectly reasonable to us. We only hope that other sites (Twitter) follow suit.
Yahoo to free up old usernames after a year of inactivity
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