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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Yahoo Photos is Closing

I receive an email from Yahoo saying the the famous Yahoo! Photos website, which allows Yahoo! users store and share there pictures, is closing on September 20, 2007. This is good news for other online photos sharing website out there as they have a good chance that users of Yahoo! Photos will transfer to them.

Here's part of the email:

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.

Maybe Yahoo! decided to close Photos and focus more on Flickr because it can't cope up with it's competitor that more sophisticated and are slowly gaining popularity. Nevertheless, Yahoo! Photos serves it's purpose for many year it was online.


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