(image courtesy Bizzy Girl on Flickr)
This has got to be one of the most brilliant moves I’ve heard of coming from a large company in a long time. I know the companies I’ve worked for probably would never consider sending citizens away to other companies if they cannibalized their own product.
Here’s the scoop. Arrington, of TechCrunch, just announced that Yahoo! Photos will announce that it would be closing it’s doors. It won’t be immediate, but the big first question on everyone’s mind is “What happens to all my photos?”.
Holy crap! Who does that? Why would they do that?
One (beautiful, perfect, and awesomenews-exuding) reason: “We want happy users.”
For the techies out there who use Flickr, it’s not the biggest photo sharing site out there. Here’s the breakdown:
Yahoo Photos: 31.1M unique visitors
Facebook Photos: 23.5M
Now, it makes sense that they would consolidate, and most likely many people will move to Flickr (especially after the good press they’re about to receive for a move like this). But, they’ll lose a bunch too. The big deal is that Flickr will most likely become the leader of the pack. But, even the even bigger story is that they aren’t forcing their users/citizens to choose them.
[tags]flickr, yahoo, photos, snapfish, photobucket, facebook, yahoo photos, shutterfly, kodak, gallery[/tags]