If you have a Yahoo ID which has been inactive for more than a year, then now you have a reason to be concerned. Yahoo has decided to reset all such inactive IDs and hand them out to any new users who want those IDs. The decision comes as part of CEO Marissa Mayer‘s decision to close all loose ends of the company and its services.
Whereas at one side, those with inactive IDs may be concerned over this, new Yahoo users can rejoice that they may finally be able to get their hands on the specific IDs they’ve always wanted. For instance, if you are Thomas Stein and you’ve always wanted a thomas.stein Yahoo ID. But that ID was already taken. If that ID remains inactive for more than a year, then it will become available again and you could probably get that ID.
However, to be able to get a new ID that you want, you have to file a request for it starting from mid-July. Yahoo will notify you about the availability of IDs relevant to your request by mid-August.
According to the senior VP of platform at Yahoo, Joy Rossiter, “If you’re like me, you want a Yahoo ID that’s short, sweet, and memorable like email@example.com instead of firstname.lastname@example.org. A Yahoo ID is not only your email address, it also gives you access to content tailored to your interests — like sports scores for your favorite teams, weather in your hometown, and news that matters to you.”
If you’ve been the owner of a Yahoo ID that has long been inactive, you need to log in before July 15 or else it will be taken away from you.