A few hours ago, Yahoo EVP and product Chief Blake Irving sent out a tweet on his Twitter account likely in response to recent questions about Yahoo’s commitment to Flickr. The tweet seems to be a ringing endorsement, at least from Irving, that Yahoo Management *does* in fact value what they have in Flickr.
“Q. Is Yahoo! committed to Flickr? A. Hell yes we are! We love this product and team; on strategy and profitable.” wrote Irving.
It’s nice to finally see someone from the senior Yahoo ranks actually come out and utter the word Flickr. For a while there I was starting to wonder if they even knew they owned it. Flickr has been conspicuously absent from Yahoo analyst earnings calls and other PR opportunities by Yahoo Management and was starting to feel like some sort of neglected orphan. Layoffs at Flickr last month were at about 8% (about twice the overall 4% Yahoo rate that most press cited). Irving’s statement today at least shows that Yahoo gets that it’s important to show Flickr a little love from time to time.
Now, next, how the hell do we get Irving and his boss Carol Bartz to actually sign up for Flickr and open accounts of their own? You know you’re just chomping at the bit to see the latest snapshots from these two Yahoos.
Update: More from ReadWriteWeb here.
Update #2: Apparently Blake Irving actually does have a flickr account. It doesn’t look like he’s updated it though since August of last year. You’d think his assistant could be more on top of that for him. From the two photos of him that are tagged on Flickr, it looks like he actually visited Flickr HQ July of last year once.