Lot of us want to be different in this world to gain attention. Gaining attention by doing something different can be achieved very easily when you are really different. People on chat try and be different by using innovative chat ids. Lot of people make funny ids and gain attention from fellow chatters.
The biggest and the most used chat network according to me is the Yahoo! Chat Network. Millions of people can be found in chat rooms with thousands of chat bots . Many times you might have come across weird chat ids. These ids have hyphens, spaces or some sort of characters on them. You try to make such an id but it is impossible to make one. I am talking about the original id and not the Nickname. Nickname can be created or changed as and when you feel. Nickname can contain spaces, hyphens or any other special characters.
Yahoo chat ids with hyphens, spaces or other special characters and called as "illegal ids". Few examples of such ids: _Harry_, _____Harry_____, Nice Harry, Bad Harry, —Harry—, email@example.com, h@rry, h-a-r-r-y and much more. These ids in real are not the so called "illegal" ids. These ids are legal and can be used if you have them. The only problem is that you cannot make such ids anymore. Such ids were made by people who started using Yahoo back when it started in 1996 (I think). Yahoo stopped people creating such ids in 1999.
Nowadays people are crazy behind such ids and pay good money to buy them. Lot of password crackers are created to crack such old ids. Apart from such ids, people are also crazy for original ids. Original ids are just one word like Harry, Harshad, Blogger etc. People like owning ids which include their own name. I am proud owner of one email id at Yahoo Harshad[at]yahoo.com. This wasn’t cracked or bought. This id was made by me back in 1996. I made quiet a few ids for friends then and still have access to them …not sure if I have them all yet. If you need firstname.lastname@example.org, then please ask me in comments. I will give it to you for free in case it was made by me. Chances are very less but you may try your luck.
Update (28th feb 2009): I am sorry for not being able to provide Yahoo! ids to all of you. I have given ids to some of you who have commented here. It is really difficult for me to contact you guys and I also apologize for not responding to your messages on Yahoo! messenger (most of the times I am on another machine).
To avoid all this I have decided on a mechanism where everyone will get an id. I have loads of ids with ‘yahoo’ in it and will give it to everyone who scubscribes to my blog via email. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog by using the option on the top right part of this blog. Please subscribe USING EMAIL else I will not be able to contact you for ids. I will send 1-2 ids per week to all of you guys. People who have already asked here and haven’t got the id also please subscribe so that I can contact you all and give Yahoo illegal ids.