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Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:52 pm Reply and quote this post
i got this mail
Dear Yahoo! Photos user,

For some time now, we've supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we've decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called "completely addictive."

We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket). We're making the transfer real simple, and with a couple clicks we'll automatically move your photos to Flickr or wherever you want them. You can also download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.

Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.

Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.

Thanks for being a part of the Web's largest photo sharing service we hope to see you over at Flickr!

If you have already moved or downloaded your photos, please disregard this message.

The Yahoo! Photos team

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Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:30 pm Reply and quote this post
Well like it says in the email that you recieved from Yahoo! no one really uses Yahoo Photos and most of the member base is situated at flickr (which Yahoo! owns) so they have probably decided that their's no point in wasting precious resources on a product which is being out stripped by another product they already own - do you use yahoo photos alot?
Contributed by William Tildesley, iVirtua Ultimate Contributor
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Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:30 pm Reply and quote this post
You can move to Flickr - it's because Yahoo took over a FlickR a while back and there is no need for Yahoo Photos

Flickr is much better anyway, and better than most of the alternatives they listed there.

The reason they are closing was said in your email and also here:

For some time now we’ve supported two great photo sharing services, Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we’ve decided to focus all our efforts on Flickr – the award winning photo sharing site that Time Magazine has even called “completely addictive.”

It's just a case of Flickr pushing Yahoo! Photos out of the scene, and they are ellimiating overlap. Flickr, not Yahoo Photos, is where all the Web 2.0 action is. Where Yahoo Photos was largely a repository for printing and sharing photos, Flickr's roots and attraction lie in more dynamic social activities--for example, commenting on pictures or joining with like-minded photographers into groups focusing on topics such as missing persons, high dynamic range photos or mating insects.

"People are changing the way they use photography, and we have decided to shift our focus accordingly," the company said in a statement Thursday. "Photography is quickly evolving from its original purpose as a means to preserve memories into a social activity that allows people to communicate and connect."

Then again, they are not far apart, and the recent "Web 2.0" coverage can be misleading...

Yahoo Photos they always promised could be supported alongside Flickr, and they are actually two very different things offering very different services. the "member base" as is said in the post above is not the same - and the statement novody really uses Yahoo Photos is distorted by "Web 2.0" hype really - see the graph!

"People are changing the way they use photography, and we have decided to shift our focus accordingly,"
said a Yahoo spokeswoman said via email, when I enquired on behalf of the iVirtua Community

PC Advisor wrote:
The move doesn't come as a complete surprise. Yahoo underwent a significant reorganisation in December to better focus its efforts. Weeks before the reorganisation, a scathing internal memo had leaked.

Still, until now, Yahoo executives had maintained publicly that Yahoo was big enough for the two services because they served two different types of users. In March, Flickr co-founder and general manager Stewart Butterfield told us that there are fundamental differences in the way users of Flickr and Yahoo Photos act online.

"It's not like young people use Flickr and old people use Yahoo Photos. The age range is actually pretty similar. It's more about how people feel about sharing their lives online and even more simply about how into the internet people are.

"The Flickr user is more interested in interacting, in the community aspects," he said.

Yahoo launched Yahoo Photos in 2000 and acquired Flickr in March 2005. Although Flickr is considered the hipper, more technically advanced one, Yahoo Photos has more monthly unique visitors with 31.1 million to Flickr's 28.4 million, according to comScore Networks. Flickr has almost 8 million registered members and 485 million photos.

The reaction of Yahoo Photos users remains to be seen. Yahoo will keep the service operational for another three months and will provide migration services to Flickr as well as to third-party services like Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish and Photobucket. As an incentive, users who choose Flickr will get a free three-month subscription to its paid membership level.

I'd choose Flickr sa_rocky, you even get a 3 month subscription to paid membership! I wander if you can sign up to Yahoo photos now just to get that haha.

What do you feel about this Shamim? Flicrs a lot better in my opinion anyway, but as they said they are quite different things

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