Bye Bye Yahoo Photos

August 20, 2007

Yahoo Photos logoA while ago, Yahoo! bought Flickr, a popular photo-sharing website. Yahoo! also runs Yahoo! Photos, which gave users the option of storing photos privately or sharing them with family and friends. Even though the two services have somewhat different goals (one is more for storage, the other is more for sharing), Yahoo! decided to close Yahoo! Photos.

Yahoo Photos closing screenshot

If you’re like me and you’ve got some (lots of?) photos on Yahoo! Photos, then you’ve got a deadline to decide where to move your photos to. Yahoo! is making it easy for you to migrate your photos to Flickr or even to some of its competitor photo-sharing locations. Just do it by September 20, 2007 or else you’ll lose your photos!

Here’s an email that Yahoo! recently sent to many Yahoo! Photos users (with links removed in case they have any identifying information):

Dear Yahoo! Photos user,

For some time now, we’ve supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we’ve decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr — the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called “completely addictive.”

We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket). We’re making the transfer real simple, and with a couple clicks we’ll automatically move your photos to Flickr or wherever you want them. You can also 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 tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.

Of course, we hope you’ll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that’s right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.

Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.

Thanks for being a part of the Web’s largest photo sharing service — we hope to see you over at Flickr!

If you have already moved or downloaded your photos, please disregard this message.

The Yahoo! Photos team

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2 Responses to “Bye Bye Yahoo Photos”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I had a ton of photos stored on Yahoo! Photos, and was disappointed when I got the email and heard the news. I chose not to go with Flickr because their free account doesn’t offer enough storage. I ended up moving my stuff to both Kodak and Snapfish, where I already had accounts. But I’m still in limbo as to whether I’ll use either of those to store most of my photos going forward. I’d like to keep all of my photos in one place from now on and ideally, not have to do all the moving of content manually.

  2. Ray Belmore Says:

    Sarah,
    You should try Pixamo (www.pixamo.com). They will import all of your photos with the tags, captions, and album titles from Kodak and Snapfish. I imported my photos from flickr to Pixamo (Pixamo gives more free storage than Flickr, which is why I switched), and Pixamo maintained my privacy settings from Flickr and linked tags in my imported public photos to other public photos on Pixamo! There was really no extra work involved for me after the import.


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