Larry Magid: Yahoo To Offer Inactive Email Addresses To Other Users

SUNNYVALE (KCBS) — Internet giant Yahoo is giving some users a chance to grab email addresses that were previously unavailable. The company announced that it is resetting accounts that have been inactive for more than a year and making those usernames available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Its good news for the people looking for a username that might be used by someone else, but it could be bad news for the person who loses their email address.

I use Yahoo! as a backup. I don’t log in often, but it’s where I send my Gmail in case that’s down. One thing I read was that if users who have not signed in for a year can actually lose their accounts.

What I did was log in, click on a few mails and it was done. I suggest any Yahoo! users who haven’t logged in regularly to do the same.

For the new folks, it does mean a chance to get an email address by someone who isn’t using it and doesn’t care about it. But if the address gets turned over, I hope that people aren’t getting each other’s email.

But I do see why they’re doing it. Yahoo is a company that’s been around for a long time and they are trying to clear the slate. Someone could have signed up for 15 years ago and have long forgotten about it.

Yahoo! Cleans Out Unclaimed Email Addresses Offers Them To Other Users

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