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Yahoo buys Flickr

The rumours have bee flying for a while but it’s now been confirmed: Yahoo has bought Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp.
Jeremy Zawodny, who works at Yahoo and who has been on my reading list for a while, chimes in with his view.
It shall be interesting to see what happens, though I imagine there’ll be the usual migration by a vocal minority to another service in disgust, like there was when Ask Jeeves bought Bloglines and Six Apart bought LiveJournal. If Yahoo have any sense, they will do what Google have done with Blogger – not try and assimilate it too much, but give it the resources to grow and improve. Yahoo already have Yahoo Photos, and while it looks like you’ll be able to log into Flickr with your Yahoo account soon, no merging of the two services is on the cards.
Neil McIntosh has more (and seems to agree with me), as I’m sure many, many more will do over the next few days.

3 Comments

  1. Flicker-hoo!

    Looks like it’s official: Yahoo has bought Flickr! I’m happy to see the Flickr crew finally have the backing of a steady paycheck, and I’m anxious to see what’s next! Let’s hope they live up their word of not over-Yahoo-hauling…

  2. Hi great blog!
    Can I be cheeky and ask you a question about UKNova?
    When I try to sign up it says “not for public use” and I can’t seem to find a way to join. Could you help me at all?
    Cheers x

  3. Been on the cards for a while, and probably not a bad thing for both parties. I came to Flickr late, just a few weeks ago and have been totally impressed with the interface. Has to be one of the cleanest web services out there.