Troy McClure SF: "In short, I don't want a Yahoo! account. I've been there, been burned, and I'm done with the company. Whether that rational of me or not, it's the truth. I don't want Yahoo, and that should be my choice."
30th January, 2007
A pair of items for your attention:
1. In our ongoing efforts to Make Flickr BetterTM, we're introducing two additional limits: the new maximum number of contacts is 3,000 contacts (good luck with that), and each photo on Flickr can have a maximum of 75 tags.
We love your freedom, but, in this particular case, limiting these things will actually improve the system performance, making pages load faster across the site for everyone and cut out some unwelcome spammy behaviors. Both of these new limits apply equally to free and pro account members.
If you have questions or comments about these changes, we've opened a topic in Flickr Help.
2. On March 15th, 2007 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 m.flickr.com or the new Yahoo! Go program for mobiles, available at http://go.yahoo.com.
If you still sign in using the email-based Flickr system (here), 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: http://flickr.com/account/associate/
Complete details and answers to most common questions are available here: http://flickr.com/help/signin/
If you have questions or comments about signing in with a Yahoo! ID, speak up!
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 m.flickr.com or the new Yahoo! Go program for mobiles, available at Yahoo! Go.
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!
- The Flickreenos
Its important to note that this affects about 0.5% of Flickr users - the so-called Old Skool members
I think what this comes down to is that, even after Yahoo! bought Flickr, Flickr has been independent from Yahoo in day-to-day operation, aside from a small Yahoo! badge or the page, and the Target photo printing (though I have my own issues with Target). This was comforting, and as someone who dislikes Yahoo, I had hoped that there would be no more intrusion by Yahoo!, no matter how trivial it would seem to the companies in question. (And I admit that as naïve of me.)
In short, I don't want a Yahoo! account. I've been there, been burned, and I'm done with the company. Whether that rational of me or not, it's the truth. I don't want Yahoo, and that should be my choice.
While this login thing alone may not be worthy of a thread like this, it's the fact (and let's face it, this is a fact) that Yahoo! will be reaching further and further into the Flickr community. Some of this will no doubt be beneficial to Flickr users, but as many people in this thread have experienced, Yahoo! is bound to mess up more than they fix. Basically, our trust in Flickr is vastly outweighed by the bad experiences we all seem to have had at Yahoo!'s hands.
That sucks for us as users, but also as Flickr evangelists, as I'm sure many of us have been. I've brought maybe a dozen people to Flickr, about half of whom are now Pro Users, and when I order prints, I apply the Flickr Stickrs liberally to my camera, bag and other things. I have been happy to support Flickr well beyond linking and Pro Accounts, but if Yahoo! integrates itself more and more into Flickr (which this current issue would indicate), I will be much less likely to support Flickr even myself, much less recommend it to others.
metafilter: a one-time fee of 5 dollars (for about 2 thirds of its entire membership)
flickr: 24.95 dollars a year
My yahoo account was deleted just last month for no reason at all. I check it fairly regularly but use it for spam likely things. One day i try to log in and i got a message saying i had either requested cancellation or not checked my email in months.
But I'm angry about having to do business with Yahoo!. They've screwed me over twice before. Pretending they're all hip now that they're doing business with Flickr ("Old Skool"? WTF?) is just lame, like your grandmother telling you she's "chillin' with her homies." I don't doubt they'll screw me over again.
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