Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bye Bye Flickr

Well to day is the day that Flickr cuts its nose off to spit its face.

Dear Old Skool Account-Holding Flickr Member, On March 15th we'll be discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign in system. From that point on, everyone will have to use a Yahoo! ID to sign in to Flickr.

We're making this change now to simplify the sign in process in advance of several large projects launching this year, but some Flickr features and tools already require Yahoo! IDs for sign in -- like the mobile site at or the new Yahoo! Go program for mobiles, available at:

95% of your fellow Flickrites already use this system and their experience is just the same as yours is now, except they sign in on a different page. It's easy to switch: it takes about a minute if you already have a Yahoo! ID and about five minutes if you don't.

You can make the switch at any time in the next few months, from today till the 15th. (After that day, you'll be required to merge before you continue using your account.)

To switch, start at this page: Nothing else on your account or experience of Flickr changes: you can continue to have your FlickrMail and notifications sent to any email address at any domain and your screenname will remain the same. Complete details and answers to most common questions are available here:

Thanks for your patience and understanding - and even bigger thanks for your continued support of Flickr: if you're reading this, you've been around for a while and that means a lot to us!

Warmest regards, - The Flickreenos
We all knew that one day this might come but I refuse to belive that 95% of "Old Skool" user have switched to yahoo id's. Simple put the mottor of "Old Skoolers" is "over my dead body"

Yahoo is the worst of all the web companys, I have yahoo account and ever time I go to use it I have to reset my password even 3 hours later I can not log in. I have to request a new password, If you think I am doing that every time I login to Flickr your mistaken.

Never mind Yahoo's hidius Tos,

With respect to photos, graphics, audio or video you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service other than Yahoo! Groups, the license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display such Content on the Service solely for the purpose for which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time you remove or Yahoo! removes such Content from the Service.

So Yahoo now gets a license to my photos overriding/aside from any CC License I have set them to.

Never mind yahoo's long standing of profits over users.

I am not the only one effect by a long shot, and users like kosso with better skills are working to wards a new home, that is not rulled by yahoo.

Never mind the poor programming over at yahoo, why does the merger process take you to the yahoo home page?

If you want to get your pics out of Flickr then you could try Flickr backup. I have yet to try any method of gettign my pics out of Flickr, Tbh I dont have clue which ones I have and which ones where passed to me on cd and then uploaded and the CD binned, just cos I am like that.

There is also,

OK, so I have just knocked up a PHP5 script which, WITH SOME MORE WORK (on your part) will grab all your photos from flickr, should you want to move away from them.
From the afformentioned Kosso.

I have just sigend up for a zooomr account I think this is where most of the die hard "old Skool" flickr peeps will move to. I know as soon as I can get my pics off Flickr and a copy of my favs I will be moving I am having nothing to do with yahoo.

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