Yahoo gets smart, kills Yahoo Photos

by Mathew on May 4, 2007 · 2 comments

snipshot_e4qmki7axqg.jpg According to Mike Arrington — who interrupted his dinner with Brad Garlinghouse of Yahoo and Flickr creator Stewart Butterfield to do a blog post about it — Yahoo is effectively closing the doors on its photo service and migrating everyone either to Flickr or to another online photo service of their choice (Photobucket, Webshots, Snapfish, etc.). USA Today had the story too. Although there are details to be worked out, such as whether Flickr users will get free unlimited hosting the way Yahoo Photos users did or be forced to pay and upgrade to Flickr Pro, I think this is a smart move. Running two photo services doesn’t make any sense.

Maybe someone is finally paying attention to that “peanut butter” memo from awhile back — written, coincidentally enough, by Brad Garlinghouse. Danny Sullivan isn’t so sure that it’s a smart move because he thinks Yahoo Photos users will be pissed. Incidentally, Yahoo Photos hosts over two *billion* photos. Yes, billion. And Mike says that Flickr is going to allow users to upload video soon as well as photos — that should make things interesting.

  • Stu

    Danny pretty much said the same things that I was thinking. It seems like Yahoo is screwing over a good chunk of its users (many more than the number of people using Flickr), just to bask in a TechMeme tongue-bath of hype. I don’t think most of their users give the slightest crap about Flavor Of Teh Day 2.0.

    And if Arrington was in a sitdown dinner and left to do some blogging, that’s so annoying.

  • http://breakoutperformance.blogspot.com Eric Jackson

    And it only took 7 months post-pbm

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