Yahoo has announced that from today, i.e. Thursday, 19th June 2008 onwards, all its customers will be able to create e-mail accounts using the ymail and rocketmail domain names. This move by the search company has been predominantly taken to bring smiles on the faces of those web surfers who were unhappy with their present addresses.
260 plus million active users is undoubtedly a huge amount of user base and this very overwhelming number was making it tough for the new users to get a personalized Yahoo! Mail account name of their choice. But the coming in of ymail and rocketmail domain names sounds like a breath of fresh air for the newbies as they would no longer have to go in for the complicated addresses.
Over ten years back, in 1997, Yahoo bought privately held Four11 for free email for a $92 million deal. Four11 offered the free RocketMail service. The existing Rocketmail users were allowed to keep their accounts, however Yahoo didn’t accept any new addresses under that name until now.
E-mail accounts on ymail.com or rocketmail.com will incorporate the same features that are available with yahoo.com addresses, which include unlimited storage at no charge, being able to instant message from within their e-mail inbox and spam and virus protection. In addition localized country versions of the domain will also be available. The two new IDs will also work for signing into other Yahoo websites and services, such as Flickr, and Yahoo! Messenger.
To pep up the latest launch, Yahoo will auction special e-mail IDs. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, The Point Foundation, Right to Play and World Wildlife Fund. The auction will run from today until June 30. Visit www.ebay.com/ymail for the auction. A noble move by Yahoo!
So are you ready to grab an altogether new chance to get an e-mail ID that’s totally of your choice!?