Yahoo! In Focus

USA Today brings some drama to its report on Yahoo’s decision to put all its photo chips in Flickr’s basket.

At Yahoo, Web 2.0 has won one battle with stodgy old Web 1.0.
Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Photos — for years, the No. 1 or No. 2 most-visited photo site on the Web. Its users will be directed to move their pictures to Yahoo’s hot upstart, Flickr.
Stewart Butterfield, who co-founded Flickr in 2004 with wife Caterina Fake, says the move is a “validation” of the central idea of Flickr: that photos in the digital age are very different from a physical print.
“We saw it as a means of communication and connecting with people,” says Butterfield, Flickr’s general manager. “People can take a picture and get immediate feedback from all over the world, and you can’t do that with a printed photo.”

In other news, Yahoo shares surged more than 17% in premarket trading on the rumor that Microsoft has asked Yahoo to enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth $50 billion. Yahoo’s market capitalization was about $38 billion on Thursday.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • Todd

    As a former Yahoo, it warms the cockles of my heart to see that they are paring down their baffling array of products. Hear hear.