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Yahoo to shut its original photo site May 6, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Yahoo.

Yahoo plans to close its Yahoo Photos service this fall, the company said Friday. Users of Yahoo Photos will have to move to photo sharing site Flickr soon.

Yahoo Inc is shutting down Yahoo Photos, its first-generation photo storage site, and asking users to move instead to Yahoo’s Web 2.0 photo sharing site, Flickr, a company official said.

In June, tens of millions of registered users of Yahoo Photos will be notified of various options including upgrading to Yahoo’s Flickr service or various outside-photo storage sites, says Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield.

Yahoo also will offer consumers the option of loading their photos on competing sites when users are notified next month.

These include PhotoBucket, the most popular online photo sharing service among users of social network sites like News Corp’s MySpace, or more conventional photo printing and storage site such as Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly Inc or Snapfish, he said. “Flickr will get top-billing, of course,” he said about the plan to give users mulitple alternatives.

The move follows the explosive surge in growth by PhotoBucket, an independent photo storage site based in Palo Alto, California, from a quarter of the market a year ago to around 40 per cent last month, according to Hitwise Inc data.

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