>Yahoo is closing Yahoo Photos

>Only thirty more days until you loose all your photos permanently. I was in shock when I first read about it; though I should have seen it coming. After all aren’t I the one who wrote about the redundancy of two such sites as Flickr and Yahoo Photos. Though a kind yahoo answers member did point out that they don’t exactly offer the same service. Indeed Yahoo Photos it mostly aimed at online storage and printing while Flickr is mostly for online photo sharing (and hotlinks!).

I don’t remember the last time I visited my Yahoo Photos account but I do have a friend who has hundreds of photos in his Yahoo Photos photo albums. He wasn’t even aware of the closing until I told him about it. Even if you never used Yahoo Photos directly, if you have used the photomail feature in Yahoo Mail, those pictures you sent were uploaded to your Yahoo Photos account, if you don’t do anything about them you will loose them forever. But hopefully you have all the original versions on your computer or on a CV/DVD don’t you?

Here is what the people at Yahoo are saying :

We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 9 p.m. PDT.
Until then, we will offer you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Photobucket), download your original resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is choose from these options before we close or any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.

Go to http://closing.photos.yahoo.com to make a decision about your photos before September 20, 2007.

** Note for users of Yahoo! Photos’ international versions: Please stay tuned for information about changes in your countries later this year. You do not need to take action at this time.

Hopefully international users -those using yahoo.fr .co.uk etc..- have a bit more time to know what they’ll do with their photos.

I personally don’t like Flickr. I know how so many people think it’s cool. I agree that pictures look better when displayed on Flickr than they do on Yahoo photos. Nevertheless Yahoo Photos (the old version) was very easy to use, it had a simple interface and it offered unlimited storage!

Yahoo kindly sent me a message today reminding me of the upcoming. Not having to manage two online photo sharing services is not the only reason why Yahoo is closing Yahoo Photos. Like I’ve pointed out earlier, they could have merged the two instead of eliminating one. By merging I mean keeping the best of both and offering the ultimated online photo sharing service that would have all the benefits of Yahoo Photos and Flickr combined. If you look at it closely many of the free features of Yahoo Photos are also available at Flickr but only with a paid membership of US $24.95 a year, not exactly change. I think we will probably see more internet companies do the same, have you pay for services and features that were previously free. You don’t believe me? Wait and see.

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