Yahoo! Photos

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Yahoo! Photos
Web address photos.yahoo.com
(Redirects to flickr)
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Photo sharing
Owner Yahoo!
Current status Closed indefinitely

Yahoo! Photos is a defunct photo sharing service of Yahoo!, designed specifically for Yahoo! users.

The service had unlimited storage for photos, but it was required that photos have the jpeg/jpg extension. Users create individual photo albums, categorize their photos and place them in the corresponding albums. Users were also able to set access of their albums by publishing them for the viewing pleasure of everyone, disabling access, or marking them as private folders for their own viewing. In an effort to make it simpler and more efficient, Yahoo had an uploader tool to drag and drop the pictures from one's computer to Yahoo! Photos web page. In March 2005 Yahoo! purchased another photo sharing site, Flickr, and in May 2007 announced that Yahoo! Photos would be closed down on Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 9 p.m. PDT.

Shut down of Yahoo! Photos[edit]

On the 16th June, 2007, Yahoo! Photos issued a press release stating that it would be terminating September 20, 2007 in order to focus their efforts on Flickr.

Yahoo! Photos has proposed a number of alternatives for customers who want to move their photos to other services.

More information about the closure can be seen at Yahoo! Photos Knowledge Base Article.

Several independent users have derived alternative solutions for migration of their photographs uploaded at Yahoo! Photos, namely: Download Hi Resolution Yahoo! Photos by Rohit Sud, Download Yahoo! Photos by Kent Brewster, and Yahoo! Photos Grabber by Yandao.com

History[edit]

  • March, 2000: Yahoo! Photos launched.
  • March 29, 2005: Yahoo buys Flickr, which is an online community to share and discuss personal photos and montages.
  • January 14, 2007: Yahoo! Photos updated the site with new features, including free full-resolution downloads from ISPs that have partnerships with Yahoo.[1]
  • May 3, 2007: An informal announcement [2] was made that Yahoo! Photo was going to shutdown. USA Today reports:
"Yahoo Photos will be shut down by the fall. Users will be directed over a three-month period to transfer their images to Flickr or other photo sites such as Multiply, Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish or Photobucket. Yahoo says it will make the transition easy, with a one-click transfer" process."[3]
  • June 2007: Yahoo! photos is no longer accepting new accounts or allowing users to upload photos
  • September 20, 2007: Yahoo! Photos shuts down. (October 18 for India Users, October 19 for Australian users) Users can still follow a link to transfer their photos to one of five providers automatically: Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, Snapfish, or Kodak Gallery.
  • October 18-19, 2007: Yahoo! Photos shut down for Indian and Australian users and all photos and accounts were deleted.

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