No, this is not about recycling paper, plastic and glass … it’s about user-ID:s.
WordPress has made it abundantly clear they will never recycle a username. Even if the first person cancels his or her account, it won’t become available again. There are no limits for how long an account can be inactive.
Google/GMail seems to have the same rule.
Twitter not so. If someone cancels, it becomes available, but there are no rules for inactivity. Someone signed up for Tassitus in Twitter back in 2011 and never used it since.
Instagram, I’m not sure about the inactivity rule, but they do become available if you cancel.
All this can be good or bad. Yahoo Mail made a huge mistake a while back! They decided to cancel all email accounts that had been inactive for a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, they released them, so that people could sign up which led to a lot of confusion and consternation. That’s like releasing a phone number that’s been in use before. Bell, which is our phone- and Internet provider, has a rule about 90 days when it comes to phone numbers. Not until now … three and a half years since I signed up for the cellphone … have the wrong-number-calls finally ceased!!!
In the beginning, it was so annoying, so I asked them if I could have a different number. I could, but they’d charge me 80 bucks, and even more if I wanted them to make the change for me.
An online buddy, and fellow country-woman of mine, had signed up for WordPress back in 2007 and never did anything with it. She has her main blog in Blogger. Now she wanted to start a new blog, on a totally different subject, and I’ve made a lot of «sales arguments» for WordPress. She’s a very orderly person; she had her credentials written down, so she could log right in to WordPress, without any problems! 😊 So there’s the good thing about never recycling user-ID:s.
The downside would be that in the long run it will be very difficult, for new users, to get a decent username/blog address. In Twitter, I didn’t get Tassitus, for the above reasons. When I signed up, a year and a half ago, I added an S [tassituss], which has irked me every since. It wasn’t the same at all. So, last night I decided to change it entirely: @atlanticthyme is my new Twitter-ID. I live on the Atlantic time zone, and I like thyme, so … why not?! 😊 I’m not big on Twitter anyways, so it’s really not all that important. @atlanticthyme would probably be available in all online services, I suspect.