Yahoo Set To Recycle Inactive User Names
Yahoo will begin resetting each and every Yahoo ID that is been dormant for a period of more than 12 months. This will effectively free up millions of usernames that can be registered with new users.
Starting in mid July existing and new users will have the opportunity to reserve their ideal username, unfortunately it will take up to a month to learn if the name you have chosen has became available.
“We want to give our loyal users and new folks the opportunity to sign up for the Yahoo ID they’ve always wanted,” Jay Rossiter, Yahoo’s senior vice president of platforms, said in a blog post.
The great Yahoo account purge begins on July 15, so if you have an account from yesteryear that’s inactive but holds a certainly sentimentality, log in before then.
Yahoo’s new policy differs from approaches at some other large Web companies. Gmail and YouTube profile names aren’t up for grabs after they become inactive, a Google spokeswoman said, for security reasons. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company can delete users’ account data if they go more than 270 days without signing in, though there are exceptions.