Friday, August 24, 2007

Yahoo! Photos is Closing on Sept 20th !!!

This is the mail I got today from Yahoo! :

" 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)."

The company has decided to focus all their efforts on Flickr now. I kinda saw it coming after they acquired Flickr in March of 2005. But for some reason I thought they would'nt do that coz Yahoo! Photos is doing just great. It has almost the same number of users as Flickr and people still luv it. And also they are like two different websites, one completely for professional photographers and the other for sharing pictures, with no photography value, with family and friends. But hey...i think they didnt follow the old saying which goes ~

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
meaning - any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even be detrimental.

I'm sure there's gonna be a lotta complaining from all Yahoo! photos members. For a simple fact that if u hav more than 200 photos in a single album, and u wanna transfer all of them to Flickr, u would get this message which one of the members got :

“You’ve run into one of the limits of a free account. Your free account will only display the most recent 200 photos you’ve uploaded. All of your photos beyond 200 will remain hidden from view until you either delete newer photos, or upgrade to a Pro account. None of your photos have been deleted, and if you upgrade, they’ll all come back unharmed. ”

And to upgrade, u hav to pay $24.95 per year, which is meaningless. So be careful. Look into other options like Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, or Picasa. I heard Snapfish aint that good. Or just download all photos to your computer and upload them to any of your other favorite website. I just had 55 photos in my yahoo! and so i transfered them all to Flickr. However due to the major limitation of 200 pics and 3 sets, its still not THE ONE for me. I guess Yahoo! is aware of this limitation and thats why its letting users choose between 5 options.