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Oath update: AOL, Yahoo, Verizon MTAs and FBLs

Last week, the Oath Postmaster blog published an update on the status of their email migration. AOL (who previously absorbed Verizon’s email) and Yahoo are moving closer to their end goal of a unified email platform under the new Oath brand.

According to the post, all mail sent to either brand is now “handled by…OATH MTAs.” So when you send to any address at aol.com, aim.com, verizon.net, yahoo.com, or any other domain controlled by these providers, the mail is all routed through the same system – including spam filtering. Reports have been surfacing on some industry forums of AOL bounces for Yahoo addresses and vice versa. As a sender, this also means you should start aggregating these domains for your reporting purposes. Monitoring complaints, bounces, and other metrics for anomalies should consider Oath as a single entity – word on the street indicates most ESPs have already begun this process for their customer monitoring.

In addition, spam complaints for AOL recipients will soon be received via the existing Yahoo feedback loop. Since Yahoo’s FBL is domain-based, all mail to AOL addresses must be DKIM-signed to participate in the FBL (if it isn’t already). If you use an ESP that hosts your DKIM, they may need to double-sign to ensure all FBL complaints are received.

So far, the Oath Postmaster blog and their participation in various industry channels have provided regular updates on the migration. Let’s hope that pattern continues as the two current Postmaster sites are combined into an upcoming Oath Postmaster resource.

– BG

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AOL confirms move to shared mail infrastructure with Yahoo

Last week I wrote about the changes taking place at major email providers, specifically the convergence of AOL and Yahoo’s mail servers. Today on their Postmaster blog, AOL issued confirmation of these changes. The statement indicates the “majority of AOL’s MX records” will be routed to the new combined mail servers with little if any visible impact to senders.

The message also assured senders that established feedback loops (FBLs) should continue to function without interruption. While AOL notes that issues are unlikely, if you see any abnormalities postmaster@aol.com remains the best way to reach out for assistance.

– BG

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Roadrunner FBLs shut down

320px-1968_road_runner_emblem_vaThanks to Laura at Word to the Wise for the official heads up that the Roadrunner (Time Warner Cable) FBL has been turned off as of today, meaning no more spam complaint data will be sent from Roadrunner’s servers to mail senders.

Personally, I would consider this a good opportunity to check your list for rr.com addresses to gauge potential impact, as well as making sure your unsubscribe link is prominent and functioning properly. Since Roadrunner users who lodge spam complaints will now remain on your list, you want to be sure you make it as easy as possible for them to unsubscribe and avoid that Spam button.

It’s not uncommon to still have a number of Roadrunner addresses throughout your list, particularly if you’ve been collecting email addresses for a few years. If so, it could also be a good indicator that it’s time to run some engagement metrics or a campaign to encourage recipients to update their information.

– BG