Yahoo Laying Off Flickr Staffers

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Layoffs at Flickr

Reports are circulating and tweets are being sent out today that indicate that layoffs are happening at Yahoo’s Flickr.

The layoffs at Flickr were first rumored by TechCrunch who posted about Flickr employees not showing up to a meeting a few weeks ago. After that TechCrunch post Flickr Staffer Eric Gelinas posted to Twitter “Just in case you don’t know “wolf” when you hear it cried, Flickr is fine, I am fine #sensationalist, #techcrunch, #cryingwolf, #flickr, #yahoo, appearing to refute the initial report of layoffs.

But today at least two other Flickr staffers, Cris Stoddard (who did community tech support) and Tara Kirchner (Flickr’s Senior Marketing Manager) tweeted that they would be leaving the company — and other tweets from other Flickr staffers seem to confirm that layoffs are happening there today. Stoddard later deleted her initial tweet but a screen shot of it is above along with various other tweets related to today’s layoffs.

Many news outlets have been reporting the past few days that Yahoo is laying off roughly 5% of their employees mostly focusing on various U.S. based Yahoo product areas.

More from business insider on today’s Yahoo layoffs here.

Another update from TechCrunch here.

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14 comments on “Yahoo Laying Off Flickr Staffers
  1. JeffPHenderson says:

    With thousands if not millions of people paying for Flickr service, you would think that it would be a profitable division. They appear to already be under staffed, based on the poor community service and extremely poor individual customer service they provide. What will their service be like with even less people? Is Yahoo trying to kill off Flickr? Seems to me they have had many opportunities to monetize Flickr even further, but have failed miserably to do so.

  2. JeffPHenderson says:

    Facebook probably has the best chance of unseating Flickr as the photo sharing site of choice for the masses. They have more users than any other site. Picasa could potentially be a contender for more serious photographers also if it continues to evolve.