Bye Yahoo Photos – Hello Flickr (and SmuggLr)!
I got an email months ago saying that the author had written TechCrunch, GigaOM, and Valleywag about Yahoo Photos closing and that they’d ignored it completely. Given that Valleywag posts just about any rumor and that it hadn’t gotten posted, plus Yahoo Photos was so huge, I figured someone was just trying to get me to look stupid on my blog.
Guess not. USA Today broke the story that Yahoo Photo is on it’s way out. TechCrunch has followed up with a post on the subject. One wonders, though, if they wish they’d listened to that email a few months ago? (I know I do!) And where on earth was Valleywag?
The text of the email in question contained a reference to Yahoo only providing migration mechanisms to a single “Web 2.0” company, Yahoo-owned Flickr, and all of the other options being old “Web 1.0” dinosaurs like Kodak and Shutterfly. That seemed brilliant, to me, from a purely business perspective, but poor from a consumer perspective. As great as Flickr is (and I do believe Flickr is great), it’s not perfect for everyone.
They deserve kudos for allowing any non-Flickr migration at all, but the really awesome way to handle this would have been to let any service integrate as a migration partner. (Remember, I’m the CEO & Chief Geek at SmugMug, so I’m biased all over the place!). Rumor has it we were actually up for consideration, but the decision went against us. D’oh!
Regardless, if you give Flickr a try and don’t like it for whatever reason, SmugMug still has a Flickr Refugee 50% Discount in effect. Plus you can use tools like SmuggLr to seamlessly move your photos over.
Part of me is sad, like we’re witnessing the end of an era. So many of the big old photo sharing sites are dead and gone. I believe there are only 6 big ones left from the pre-SmugMug days. Can you name them all?