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Yahoo said it introduced two new e-mail domains on Wednesday, allowing users to select new, simpler e-mail addresses ending in ymail.com and rocketmail.com.
The current yahoo.com Web-based e-mail service has more than 260 million users worldwide, so many new users must adopt elaborate addresses because simpler ones are unavailable.
E-mail accounts on ymail.com or rocketmail.com will have the same features available with yahoo.com addresses including unlimited storage, being able to instant message from within their e-mail inbox and spam and virus protection.
Of course for greater branding, Yahoo may have done this. Ymail = 5 letters Yahoo = 5 letters. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense from the typographical stand point but to equate Yahoo to Google seems like a Herculean effort.
I think the real question is, How much better is XYZ@yahoo.com vs. XYZ@ymail.com? Services, etc.
Or does it just roll off the tongue better/easier?
BTW - I tried to sign up for the new Ymail and cannot find any way 2 dew it. "Dew it", I don't care what you say that there's funny. :)
[edited by: Propools at 3:17 pm (utc) on June 19, 2008]
cause its easy, short for friends, fam, biz to remember... and got some I've always wanted till now but were taken (no way I coulda gotten these otherwise on big service like yahoo).
no real reason otherwise. don't really need a deep profound biz reason either. just looks nice a clean to the point that might start using one as a default for personal or biz stuff.
[edited by: GrendelKhan_TSU at 4:10 pm (utc) on June 19, 2008]
ymail and yahoo are both 5 letters so this isn't a shorter domain... maybe Yahoo is trying to ride on the marketing hype of similar gmail. Rocketmail maybe is targeting a younger niche market.
RocketMail was a separate free email service several years ago that Yahoo purchased. I knew someone who had an account with them at the time and used it to login to yahoo afterwards. I wonder if they'll get their original addresses back, if they're still around.
Yeah, they're still around. I have a rocketmail.com address. I can still log into Yahoo mail with my old rocketmail username with ".rm" appended to the end. Mail sent to my rocketmail address ends up in my Yahoo mail inbox.