Flickr accounts and Yahoo!

There’s been a lot of resistance to Flickr’s decision to force their “old skool users”1 to merge their Flickr account’s with a Yahoo! account, which was announced via FlickrMail:

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.

I have had a Yahoo! account for a couple years now, I originally signed up to play Yahoo! Games, mainly poker and pool. But I haven’t used it for years and I’ve forgotten the user name, password and the e-mail address it was associated to, so I went to make a new account.

My Flickr user name is weiran, always has and always will be. This is also the user name I used for almost every internet service around, except for a couple forums where I wish to remain anonymous. But the best I can manage on Yahoo is weiran_z, even weiranz or weiranzhang are already taken. This means another user name I have to remember, and which I’ll probably forget the first few times I use it and have to use their user name retrieval system. Pain in the bum.

The second issue I have is with rumours I hear about Yahoo! deleting accounts without warning and without any chance of appeal. Normally if it was just my Yahoo! account that I use to play games with I wouldn’t be so bothered, but loosing my Flickr account and the 1600 odd photos I have on it would be disastrous. Not only do I use it as a backup for all my important photos, but I regularly link to it from Ejecutive and other blogs and participate on many group discussions. But I’ve had no bad experiences with Yahoo! so far so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, like I have much choice if I want to keep my Flickr account.

I can see how someone who’s been burned by Yahoo! before might be very cautious with the move, and may even be compelled to move to a competing product. But I like Flickr, I like how it works and it’s design, and merging my Yahoo! account with it is only a small compromise, but we shall see what the fall-out is.

  1. Those user’s that signed up to Flickr before or shortly after the Yahoo! acquisition.
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