I got a little note from Yahoo email today saying:
As part of our continuing effort to provide you with a wonderful Yahoo! Mail experience, we want to make sure the mail you send gets to the friends, family or other contacts you are trying to reach. In support of this commitment, we have removed Yahoo! email addresses from your address book that are no longer valid. All other information remains part of your address book.
Well now, who doesn’t have access to my e-mail account?
But at least the government hasn’t been fiddling around with my address book and making changes in it, as far as I know. They’ve kept a low profile. And that this is an official Yahoo communication rather than spam is indicated by the fact that Yahoo then goes on to list two email addresses (both Yahoo addresses, by the way) that they have helpfully deleted from my address book because those addresses are no longer active. And these are real email addresses from my list, not fake ones.
So I hope it’s Yahoo rather than some spammer, because if it’s a spammer then that’s just one more entity spying on me. Good thing I’m not paranoid.
And while we’re on the subject of email, Yahoo’s new format is—as these things nearly always tend to be—one step forward, two backwards. The pluses: automatic loading of new emails, and probably some other things I have yet to discover. The minuses: can’t open e-mails in a new window. The back command doesn’t work correctly. Loading of the whole schmazoo is incredibly slow. Signing out takes an extra step, too.
There’s more, but I’ll stop there. And don’t tell me to change to gmail—I have a gmail account, and it’s even worse.
I am feeling very curmudgeonly today.
[ADDENDUM: More here.]