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Breaking: Yahoo To Shut Down Yahoo Photos In Favor Of Flickr Mike Arrington had dinner with Stewart Butterfield and Yahoo SVP Brad Garlinghouse last night and reports that Yahoo will be shutting down Yahoo Photos.
“Yahoo is not forcing transition to Flickr – instead, users are being given the option of choosing among a number of top photo sharing sites. If you are a current Yahoo! Photos user, you will be given the option to export all your photos into Flickr (a one-click process) or you will be able to export to a few other services such as Photobucket, Snapfish, Kodak Gallery or Shutterfly. Most of these services have built special tools to transition users, Butterfield said. Users will also be able to download full sized original photos, or order CDs and prints at a discount to the normal price. “We have no interest in forcing anyone to switch to Flickr” Butterfield said. “We want happy users.”
According to Mike video is also coming to Flickr.
What’s interesting to me is that Valleywag reported that this was happening three months ago. At that time Flickr users posted a post about this “rumor” in Flickr Central to which Stewart Butterfield responded specifically, “I betcha Flickr keeps going more or less on the same path (always evolving, sure, but more or less the same) for a long, long time to come.”
I guess 3 months is a “long, long time to come.”
More specifically Stewart chided Valleywag for reporting on this rumor saying, “It’s interesting to hear all the different perspectives on this. … Very different from the inside, but it’s mostly stuff I can’t talk about. However, I can say that I’m really, really happy about all the recent changes. Valleywag has a lot wrong (just factually wrong, but it shows up in their interpretations) so I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in it. All good! And in particular, all good for Flickr and it’s future :)”
It will be interesting to see what the Flickr users think of this and certainly now makes the whole forcing Flickr to Yahoo IDs thing make more sense in hindsight.
It will also be interesting to see what Flickr does with the whole 200 photo limit for free accounts, a limit that is not in place at Yahoo photos. I’d suspect that many free accounts at Yahoo Photos have more than 200 photos and that those people might be pissed when all of their photos don’t show up at Flickr beyond 200. Of course the easy answer here is for Flickr to drop the 200 photo limit for free accounts, but I’m not sure you’d see that anytime soon.
Stewart Butterfield confirms this news here.