What You Get When You Create a Yahoo Account
Chances are you’ve heard of Yahoo! by now, although many people who are over the age of 60, under the age of 20, or just not very into technology may not exactly understand what the benefits of creating a Yahoo account really are. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even realize exactly how much stuff you get when you create a Yahoo account until today, and I now feel the need to share this with the world and enlighten everyone.
Today I learned (or TIL for the millennials out there) that there is actually a part of Yahoo called “everything”. And it basically has everything. I’m not even kidding, you can see for yourself at everything.yahoo.com. It’s a simple directory of basically everything that your Yahoo account has to offer, from “accounts” to “weather” and everything in between. And if you live in a country that isn’t the US, you can select your country and see the services that are available where you live.
A quick look at some of the perks of creating a Yahoo account
There are way too many things in Yahoo “Everything” to talk about in just one article, so I’m going to give you the highlight reel, so to speak.
Business owners who have created a Yahoo account can promote their business through ad campaigns on Yahoo. Not only that, but they also have useful articles to get the most out of your advertisements, like tips for better content marketing, video marketing, and more.
After search and mail, Yahoo Answers is probably the most famous of all their services, partially because it’s been a part of the Yahoo! platform for so long (it isn’t unusual to stumble across a question that was asked in 2007). It’s a useful way to ask real people for answers to whatever question is perplexing you, but don’t expect 100% of the answers to be serious. In fact, part of Yahoo Answers’ fame has come from the sheer comic genius of some of the questions posed and the answers that users have submitted.
A classic example is the questions, “What’s another word for knowing that you’re right?”, to which another user responded “Woman?”.
This was a surprise for me, as I didn’t know that Yahoo had a portal dedicated to health, beauty and fashion topics. It also contains interesting, semi-related news that involve these topics, like societal acceptance of certain hairstyles, etc. On a related note, you can also find celebrity news and gossip under the Celebrity section, which is easily accessible from the home page.
So, apparently there is a partnership between Yahoo and Match.com, and they have been working together since 2010 so I must have been living under a rock.
Sports fans, when you create a Yahoo account, you can find all the stats you could ever need to perfect your fantasy sports team, for everything from football and basketball to golf and college sports. Get easy access to live streaming sports, see the latest game results at a glance, and a convenient list of NFL and NBA draft picks all on the main page. Not to mention analysis with expert picks for fantasy teams, and the latest news that could sway your decision one way or another.
Yahoo Finance is my personal favorite service from Yahoo, mostly because it helps you stay organized and up to date on whatever markets you’re invested in. This is also a service where you can really only get maximum benefits if you create a Yahoo account – lots of market information is available to the general public, but only registered Yahoo users can build their own stock portfolios and create a watch list, making it easy to keep track of everything. It will also save a history of the stocks you’ve recently viewed so you can conveniently find them later.
You’ve got national and international news that can impact the financial markets, and an overview of what’s going on with the S&P 500, the Dow 30, the Nasdaq, crude oil prices, gold and silver prices, the most popular currency exchange rates for Forex traders, 10-year bond prices… you get the idea.
In case you weren’t aware, the photo storage and sharing site called Flickr is owned by Yahoo, which means when you create a Yahoo account, you get automatic access to this service. That can come in handy, especially if you send and receive a lot of photos in your email and they’re maxing out your storage limit.
I think at some point in my life I was vaguely aware that Yahoo Groups existed, but with social media taking over the world it must have slipped my mind. Considering how much of our lives we have all migrated to sites like Facebook, I was kind of surprised to see that many groups have tens of thousands of members, and are fairly active. So if you create a Yahoo account, it’s kind of like adding a new group-based social networking site to your arsenal.
There seem to be thousands of groups to choose from, and you can browse from the main page or narrow them down by category. There are Yahoo groups for everything from business to gaming to religion. And if you don’t find any groups that meet your needs, you can start your own!
Of course, there is Yahoo Mail, one of the most widely used email services today and the main reason why most people create a Yahoo account in the first place. Mail is easily accessible from any page in the Yahoo universe, and has lots of great features that allow it to compete with younger competitors like Gmail. It has generous storage capacity for your emails, plenty of formatting options (even cute stationary for your messages!), and good options to keep your inbox organized and free of clutter.
Here’s something the 20-somethings will be more familiar with: Tumblr was recently acquired by Yahoo, and you can link to the blog supersite directly from Yahoo.
And like I said, those are just the highlights. There are plenty of other things, like Messenger and Yahoo Shopping, which I didn’t have time to go into here. So, as you can see, when you create a Yahoo account, you’re getting much more than just a great free email account.
How to create a Yahoo account
If you are already signed up with Yahoo, I encourage you to go to everything.yahoo.com and discover all the secrets this site has under wraps. But if you haven’t registered yet, here are the steps you need to follow to create a Yahoo account:
First, go to the home page at yahoo.com. At the top of the page in the right-hand corner, there should be a link to sign in (if there’s someone’s name instead, it means they’re logged in on that computer and you’ll have to log them out before you can set up your new account). Click on the “sign in” link.
Now you should be looking at the page where existing users enter their Yahoo ID and password to sign in. Below that box, there is a link that invites you to create a new Yahoo account. Click on it to go to the new account sign up page.
Next, it’s just a matter of filling in all the information asked of you. This is also where you will choose your unique Yahoo ID, which is your username and will become your new Yahoo email address, and a password to get into your new account.
If you agree to the terms and conditions, fill in the captcha code so Yahoo knows you’re not a robot, and click the button to finish setting up your Yahoo account.
Great! Now you can explore the home page, check out your new inbox, and take a look at everything Yahoo has to offer.