Weekend Open Forum: What's the oldest online account you still use?

By on April 20, 2012, 7:00 PM

I've signed up to many, many websites in my years online. In fact, just checking my password manager I found that I've registered to 89 different websites, even though I only use a handful of those with frequency. That got me thinking it's time to clean up a bit and close some accounts. Also, why not make it this week's Weekend Open Forum topic?

Today we want to know: what's the longest-standing online user account that you still use? I know for a lot of people it'll probably be their email service, but in my case I switched to Gmail in June 2004 and abandoned my old Hotmail address for good.

I can't say with complete certainty, but from the ones I still use semi-regularly it's probably Amazon's (first purchase on record is April, 28 2004). Other accounts that I'm sure predate this but I don't use anymore include MercadoLibre (Latin America's eBay), my university email and a Yahoo account I used for spammy websites. Tell as about yours! Bonus points if you know how many websites you are registered at.

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Guest said:

By far Hotmail... my name is the email addy, created back when Hotmail had a whopping 2 meg limit

ikesmasher said:

Yahoo, back when i was 10 and back when yahoo was actually a good website

Guest said:

Yahoo email account created on January 14, 1999. :)

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

I sometimes use an ICQ account that's in the 600,000 members range. that's a early 1997 account if I remember correctly.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I was thinking Hotmail, too, but I think ICQ was first in the mid to late 90s. I still use both accounts through Trillian.

Also checked the number of accounts I've registered and saved to my <enter password manager name here>. I'm reaching almost 400, many of which I really have no clue what they are if I were to lose access to the master account (ouch!).

psycros psycros said:

Hmmm...accounts I still <i>use</i>? Probably my Yahoo address, which I also use for the aforementioned spam-happy sites. Its so nice to simply click "spam" and know Yahoo will not only block the source but will try to UNSUBSCRIBE you, too. Had that account since around '97 I think. Too bad the ****** started charging for POP3 access or it might still be my primary address. My actual <b>oldest</b> account would be my Fidonet portal address, which still works I believe.

psycros psycros said:

BTW, the word that got filtered was "m o r o n". Umm...why?

taimuraly taimuraly said:

Hotmail, still use it as my primary email. Its pretty old back when people only had one email address. Its been safe from spam so far unlike my gmail account which I throw around

EEatGDL said:

By far hotmail, first account I ever created online, it was about 9 years ago [yep, I had late access to internet] and I still use it as my personal mail.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I just retired an old hotmail account, that I made before microsoft bought hotmail.

Jos Jos said:

I sometimes use an ICQ account that's in the 600,000 members range. that's a early 1997 account if I remember correctly.

I completely forgot about ICQ! Don't use it very often but that's definitely my oldest active account.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

An old NeoPets account that I had created about a year or so after the site's inception. I log on from time to time to see how alien it's become since I last played.

Guest said:

aim, since i was like 12

treetops treetops said:

My yahoo account its about 12 years old. I have a insane amount of spam on it, I really need to switch over to gmail or hotmail.

Guest said:

I created a Yahoo account soon after its launch 1998ish. Had a whole meg of storage for free!

Still use it as an "email required" spam account

ramonsterns said:

My Yahoo account.

It might still be my Star Wars Galaxies Account if SOE hadn't stuck their heads so far up their arse.

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I still use my Hotmail account, probably my oldest account I still use.

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

My Gmail account is only six years old. Six accounts are registered including social-networks. I have three Yahoos but I barely remember the address' and passwords. Because I was only 10 and jaded that year.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My oldest is Hotmail, which I still use (although not as my primary). I created it close to a decade ago.

Guest said:

Hotmail! Made it when i was 10 am now 21.

Guest said:

My hotmail account which is from 1997. 15 years old.... wow... that's saying something.

mailpup mailpup said:

Although I don't use it that much anymore, probably my Netscape.net email account.

Guest said:

My oldest would probably be hotmail. Im registered on somewhere between 100-110 websites. I'd like to close half of these accounts, but most websites don't give you that option.

Guest said:

My old yahoo account i made in 2002 , it still has all the personal and professional mails since the day i created it. Seeing the 10 years old mails make me nostalgic every time.

strydr said:

StumbleUpon. Still my favorite.

hitech0101 said:

yahoo mail, at that time there was a feature to pay money for account with extra features was using the free one, still am

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hotmail since I've abandoned ICQ ages ago otherwise it may have been the oldest. Probably I won't be abandoning my oldest email as there is not much difference amongst the alternatives, so why bother.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

I don't know how to check how old they are but it's my Yahoo mail and ICQ that is the oldest that I still use (daily at that)

Guest said:

opened an yahoo account, in the year 200 B.C, napoleon hacked it !

Guest said:

My Yahoo! mail, created October 10, 1997, yes I know.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Well, since i was a late comer to the Internet (2010,) my first account that i still use is Techspot itself. I registered Techspot under my Yahoo address, but since i don't use it anymore that doesn't count (Gmail all the way for me now)

I am currently registered at 35 websites that require a password; I only visit 8 on a regular basis though.

But yeah, Techspot was the first!

Marnomancer Marnomancer said:

My Gmail adress. I never even check it, unless needed for registration, or told to do so.

Guest said:

What is a "password manager" ..???

Guest said:

Probably my EQ account, since March 1999

Guest said:

My aol account, which I still use every day for the email account, that I registered back in 1995. Back when going online at a whopping 2400 bps modem...good times!

Captain Five said:

My oldest account created is Excite Mail back in the early 90s.

Captain828 Captain828 said:

My Yahoo! account is the oldest one I still use.

Besides that, my Steam account and my TS account (not kidding!) are probably the oldest ones I'm still using on a daily basis.

Guest said:

My bank account :D

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Boy, that's a good question and had to think on it a while. Probably my first Yahoo! e-mail account which was created in 2001.

Guest said:

AOL email account still use for junk.......back from the dial-up days.......

Guest said:

AOL from back in dial up days. I still use it daily even though I have 5 others.

Guest said:

Yahoo mail too, since 1998 i think.

Guest said:

Yahoo mail

ICQ and hotmail.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

A lot of the accounts I had have died or been replaced over the years. Oldest I could find right now is my Anandtech account. The forum says I joined on 10-12-1999 (I imagine that's October 12).

Guest said:

hotmail, created in april 2000. I do still have an active i.c.q account but as of right now I cannot find the loggin. The number starts with 2xxxxx. It's very low. I started using it on day one.

yRaz yRaz said:

hotmail in December of 2002. Before that(1997) we had a "family" email address that everyone used to make accounts. It wasn't until we wanted accounts at the same websites that we needed to have our own.

tonylukac said:

My aol signon which I check once a week. My first email was excite but I abandoned it due to adware. I liked aol at the time because for free it included some of the first anti spyware programs.

Guest said:

My oldest that I still use is probably my Ebay account, created back in mid 1999.

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