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July 10, 2007

I'm Finally Flickr'd

I know what you're thinking - welcome to the 21st century Mr. Bartel. Let me introduce you to this thing here, it's called "The Internet". Oh, and that "Web" thing, it is up to 2.0. Try to keep up okay?

Okay, so it is not that bad - but I am a pretty slow adopter when it comes to the Web 2.0, Social Freakworking type web services these days.

Flickr is one that is not overly scary. I've had numerous Flickr links sent my way, and I've never had trouble viewing the photos etc.

What got me Flickr'd? Yahoo! Photos.

Yahoo! actually handled this really nicely. I received the following notice this morning:

Dear Yahoo! Photos user,

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), 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.

Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.

Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.

Thanks for being a part of the Web's largest photo sharing service — we hope to see you over at Flickr!

The Yahoo! Photos team

So, I clicked the link and followed the instructions. Wow. Talk about organized. First I get the option to either migrate my Yahoo! Photos or let them be deleted. I chose to migrate. My migration options included Flicker, Photobucket, Shutterfly and Snapfish. I chose Flickr (even though I don't have a Flickr account).

Here it gets even cooler - my Yahoo! credentials have been ported over to Flickr, and I just confirm I want to use those credentials versus establish a new account.

Sweet. Literally two minutes later and I'm sitting in my Flickr account.

Now I get the option to migrate my photos. I click the request and it tells me to look for a confirmation email at a particular address. I check that account and there it is. I click the link and back to the site I go - your migration is in process we'll send you a note when complete. A few minutes later - "I've Got Mail!".

Couldn't be five minutes total and here I am:

So, it is a bit of a weak stream - um, I mean a weak PHOTO stream - at the moment, but now that I am Flickr'd, I'll be placing more photos here. Look for them in the future!

Posted by gcrgcr at July 10, 2007 5:45 AM


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