Yahoo! is resetting inactive accounts in mid July. Accounts that are inactive for more than 12 months will be removed in the process and those removed IDs will be available for re-use. Yes, Yahoo will allow others to try for those IDs. So, if you wanted to have an Yahoo! ID of your choice (such as firstname.lastname@example.org), don’t miss this opportunity. You might get your dream Yahoo ID (if available)! Read on for more details.
According to an Official blog post, Yahoo accounts that are inactive for more than 12 months will be removed after July 15 and that will allow others to try for an Yahoo user IDs of their choice. “In mid July, anyone can have a shot at scoring the Yahoo! ID they want. In mid August, users who staked a claim on certain IDs can come to Yahoo! to discover which one they got” – Jay Rossiter of Yahoo wrote in the blog post.
Yahoo! ID with your name:
Getting an username of own choice is not easy, specially in popular services like Yahoo. Almost all of the good, short and memorable names are already taken. For example: email@example.com looks and sounds cool. But, unless your name is very rare and unique, there’s little chance of getting such Yahoo Mail IDs. Now the inactive account reset process in July will allow users to try for usernames of their choice.
Keeping inactive accounts:
Want to keep your inactive Yahoo! account? Don’t worry! Login once to any of the Yahoo services before July 15, 2013. Your account will be activated again. If you fail to do so, Yahoo will remove your account and someone else might get your Yahoo ID (if that is meaningful, memorable, interesting or short).