When the web first started, many of us went out and grabbed the first Yahoo usernames and email address. This writer still remembers his, but will admit that he hasn’t used it in a long time. Bad news for us, though, as Yahoo will begin to retire IDs that aren’t in use.
From mid-July, Yahoo will be shutting down old accounts that aren’t used anymore, freeing the usernames up for people who want to send emails, but also are thinking of creating Tumblr accounts with these names, since Yahoo now owns the microblogging platform.
Stopping Yahoo from retiring a user ID is pretty easy, mind you, and only requires a login, although we’re not sure how many times you’ll need to do this per year.
Right now, Yahoo is asking people who want to keep their names to login before July 15. Do that, and you’re safe.
Don’t and you’ll find your username might not be yours ever again.