Yahoo! Launches Wish List For Usernames

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Do you hate your email or username? Does it have too many extra numbers or symbols? You might now be able to get the username of your dreams through Yahoo!.

Last month, users of inactive accounts were warned to log-in if they wanted to keep them from being cancelled. That deadline came and went on July 15th and now Yahoo! is inviting the public to create a “wish list” of names they’d like to grab in case they are among those recycled dormant accounts.

Yahoo! has set up a webpage where you can request your top five choices. If your first choice isn’t available, Yahoo! will automatically check for one of your backups. In mid-August those who submit requests will get emails letting them know which pick is available and a link to claim it within 48 hours.

Yahoo! usernames are key to all things Yahoo! including the newly redesigned homepage, Yahoo! Mail, and Flickr.

In response to concerns about privacy and security with Yahoo!’s user ID recycling plan, Dylan Casey, Senior Director of Platforms said, “We’re announcing exactly how we’ll be working with partners, like e-commerce and social networking sites, on identifying that you’re the new owner of a Yahoo! username, and not the previous one.” You can read up on that process here.