San Francisco - Yahoo is allowing people to place claims on inactive e-mail addresses that are being given a second life.
The opportunity to request the identifications began on Monday afternoon and will extend until 7 August. Up to five different names can be submitted at wishlist.yahoo.com.
Yahoo says a substantial number of old e-mail IDs are being made available, but isn't providing specifics.
The e-mail IDs are being released a month after the Sunnyvale, California, company notified users that they would have 30 days to log into an inactive account if they wanted to keep it.
People awarded the rights to the recycled e-mail addresses will have a 48-hour period to activate the accounts beginning on 15 August.