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  (Source: BusinessWeek)
Yahoo offering email accounts with rocketmail and ymail domains starting today

Yahoo has offered free email accounts under the yahoo domain since 1997, shortly after its purchase of Four11 Corp. The problem with being around so long from a user’s point of view is that all the short, easy to recall email addresses are gone.

To address this point Yahoo announced today that starting around 12:00 pm they will begin registering new email address under the domains “ymail” and “rocketmail”. The purchase of Four11 Corp back in the late 1990’s included the Rocketmail domain.

At the time, Yahoo chose to allow existing Rocketmail customers to maintain their email address, but has never allowed new email addresses to be registered using the domain. Yahoo is hoping that allowing new email domains will help lure new users to its service.

Yahoo mail has been losing new customers to Google’s Gmail service. According to the AP, Gmail added 30 million users in the last year and has about 101 million users total. Yahoo mail currently has about 266 million users and Microsoft has about 264 million users. Both Yahoo and Microsoft’s mail offerings are growing at a slower rate than Gmail.

John Kremer, vice president in charge of Yahoo email told the AP, “We realized we needed to expand the universe of Yahoo mail.”

The new email domains will offer the same features as accounts using the Yahoo email domain. Users wanting to get a new email account can sign up at

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Please raise your hand . . .
By Denigrate on 6/19/2008 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a Yahoo and GMail addy, raise your hand. Are people going to start snagging Ymail addys now as well?

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By Brandon Hill on 6/19/2008 1:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
I have them both -- actually, right now I'm in the process of switching all of my personal Yahoo Mail over to my Gmail account.

That being said, I'm going to grab a ymail account for me and for my GF -- soon to be fiance within the next few months. Might as well grab one for her with her future last name ;)

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By theapparition on 6/19/2008 2:37:07 PM , Rating: 3
for my GF -- soon to be fiance within the next few months.

Way to ruin a surprise.........hope she says no. :P

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By Brandon Hill on 6/19/2008 2:41:46 PM , Rating: 3
Meh, she knows its coming. We're looking at rings this weekend ;)

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By 16nm on 6/19/2008 2:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, that's not nice. I hope she says yes, however, this does bring the "Don't count your chickens until they've hatched" expression to mind.

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By 67STANG on 6/19/2008 2:52:18 PM , Rating: 5
Don't do it.

There's nothing in it for you, except a promise to pay her a ton of dough if it doesn't work out down the road.

Keep her as GF, that way she won't stop... well... you know what women stop doing after you marry them.

Trust me. Been married for 8 years. You have to beg or bribe.

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By BruceLeet on 6/20/2008 8:00:27 AM , Rating: 3
Apparently he does not, or he wouldnt be asking the question. I just keep bringing it up with my girlfriend without actually setting any dates or giving a specific timeframe even, I just use the phrase "One day..", this way I have unlocked unlimited head.

1. Get a girlfriend.
2. Have great sex.
3. ?????
4. Subtly mention Marriage.
5. Profit!

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By BruceLeet on 6/20/2008 8:19:25 AM , Rating: 2
I have 5 older brothers, oldest being 38.

I have had my share of 'advice' since I was a teenager.

Memorable one being "Its all about teamwork, dont keep a girlfriend that just lays there...those sex lives die fast".

RE: Please raise your hand . . .
By wordsworm on 6/20/2008 9:52:37 AM , Rating: 2
Trust me. Been married for 8 years. You have to beg or bribe.

I don't have that problem. But, it's only been a little over 3 months. However, I get it more often now than when she had to go to her parents' house.

By PitViper007 on 6/23/2008 11:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
OK, this is wayyyyy off topic but I've gotta chime in. I've been married almost 14 years and the sex is STILL great. There've been down times for various reasons, but just because you get married does not mean that the sex will necessarily go south. Just my 2¢. By the way Brandon, congrats!!!

By Seemonkeyscanfly on 6/19/2008 3:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
Of for crying out load...
I just went to sign up for an account and my name is all ready gone plus my name with a 1, 11, 12, 22 all gone. I just want to have a simple e-mail address....because I tried on hour two they are all gone???
Or am I trying too early?

By Brandon Hill on 6/19/2008 1:45:17 PM , Rating: 2
New domains are nice, but where is my IMAP support? Gmail has it for free and it works quite well.

At LEAST provide it for us paying Yahoo! Plus subscribers.

RE: Pfff
By Master Kenobi on 6/19/2008 1:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I use Gmail, I can look at it web based on my blackberry, and when I get home, fire up Outlook 2007 and away I go. It's quite the excellent little service Gmail provides.

RE: Pfff
By dever on 6/19/2008 2:06:28 PM , Rating: 5
The article forgot to mention that Google already offers unlimited different domains for email addresses. You're not at all restricted to I've been using the GMail interface through my own domain for nearly a year using Google Apps.

RE: Pfff
By siegeofn on 6/19/2008 3:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
AOL has offered IMAP to its paying customers for years. When they went to a free service, it became free too. They've also offered multiple domains for years too.

Point is, whether or not you're a fan, AOL beat both Yahoo! and Google to this a long time ago.

RE: Pfff
By adiposity on 6/19/2008 3:23:23 PM , Rating: 3
Uh, I have a free Yahoo account and it has free IMAP...

RE: Pfff
By adiposity on 6/19/2008 3:24:33 PM , Rating: 2, fyi

By Nick5324 on 6/19/2008 3:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
I figured I'd grab a @ymail address. I don't have a wildly unique name, but it's not painfully common like Smith or Jones. At 2:55 EST, sill only @yahoo, at 2:57 EST, it's up, I try, and it's not available. I find that very hard to believe, I'll just stick with gmail.

RE: Pointless
By Brandon Hill on 6/19/2008 3:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
It was up briefly, now it'd down again. I think they were having glitches, b/c every time I would try to sign up with a ymail address, it would say not available and show the domain suggestions.

So something is screwed up, hence the removal -- for now.

RE: Pointless
By Screwballl on 6/19/2008 3:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
agreed... something as simple as screwballl (with the 3 "L"s) is already taken on all 3? Yeah right... so I try something else... I chose the alternate domain with a different name and when I go to create it (says it is available), it changes the page back to the static saying it is not available...
still some bugs to be worked out

RE: Pointless
By dever on 6/19/2008 4:45:09 PM , Rating: 2
You know, is open... why don't you pay $10/year and used Google Apps to host it? You could have multiple free email addresses all

RE: Pointless
By Brandon Hill on 6/19/2008 4:50:35 PM , Rating: 2
I was finally able to get through. Created two new accounts.

Rocketmail back!
By ThelvynD on 6/19/2008 1:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
I still have my old rocketmail email address from waaaay back before they were bought out.

RE: Rocketmail back!
By darkpaw on 6/19/2008 2:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
I've still got mine too, it's where all my junk email goes!

Still, its been something like 13 years since I created that account. That was a long time.

RE: Rocketmail back!
By Raidin3h on 6/19/2008 3:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
Still have mine too!

pretty much my Spam account. I was just waitin it out for the day yahoo would transfer my account and drop the rocketmail domain. That day looks futher and further away *sigh*

By sapiens74 on 6/19/2008 6:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
Was happy to get my and my nickname as well

Actually signed up three minutes ahead of time, though site went down right after I signed up

Yahoo ID?
By MattCoz on 6/20/2008 11:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
So what happens with yahoo IDs? You can log in to Yahoo using ID/password. What happens to two different accounts with the same ID but different domains?

My wife caught me
By MyTomatoesAreRotten on 6/23/2008 2:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
My wife caught me having an affair with another woman, who I met while creating my last yahoo email account. So we hooked up, and the head was awsome. So I have just signed up again for another yahoo email, and am hoping for the same experience.

Head is super!

My gawd
By MisterModder on 6/24/2008 11:28:10 AM , Rating: 2
How many more posts you fools

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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