By Nancy Blair, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO - Put this on your weekend to-do list: Reactivate your old Yahoo e-mail address if you want to hang on to it.
Wednesday, Yahoo said it would start to free up Yahoo IDs that have
been inactive for at least a year by resetting them and giving them away
to people who request them (or giving them a "fresh start," as Yahoo said in a Tumblr post announcing the move.
might see a reminder e-mail from Yahoo pop into the Inbox of the e-mail
service you're actually using these days. July 15 is the deadline for
re-upping. After that Yahoo will let others stake a claim. In mid-August
folks will find out if they've landed one.
To wake up a sleepy Yahoo account, simply log back into Yahoo Mail. If you need help accessing your account you can ask for a password reset using Password Helper.
You'll need to continue to log back in at least once every 12 months to remain active on Yahoo.
about spamminess if you ask for a super simple address that belonged to
someone else? We reached out to Yahoo for more detail on how the
resetting process works. The company says it's taking action to
make sure users receive as little spam as possible and don't receive
e-mails intended for the previous account holder.
will shut inactive accounts for 30 days before releasing them to new
owners and will unsubscribe the accounts from commercial e-mail. All
incoming e-mails will receive bounce-back messages, Yahoo said.
mail cleanup is part of Yahoo's efforts under CEO Marissa Mayer to
re-energize the iconic Internet brand. Yahoo recently has revamped its
home page, Flickr photo service and buffed up the e-mail service as