Back in the beginning of May, Yahoo announced that they would be closing down Yahoo Photos, a process that would occur over several months. Those who have photos stored on Yahoo have been given a few different options as a replacement service, and yesterday marked the day that Yahoo made the tools available so that users can begin the process.

Flickr is the first choice that they are giving users, seeing as they are owned by Yahoo. Afterall, they’re closing Yahoo Photos so that they can focus all of their attention and efforts on Flickr. Flickr isn’t for everybody though, so they have given a list of other alternatives.  All you have to do is log into your account to see the options available.  According to a recent posting on the Yahoo Blog, it’s a one-click process. Thankfully they made it easy!


Other then Flickr, options include(notice there’s no Google Picasa?):

  • Kodak Gallery
  • Shutterfly
  • Snapfish
  • Photobucket
  • Download your photos
  • Buy an archive CD

If you want to download your photos, buy a CD, and move your photos to another service, you’ll have to do the downloading and make the purchase of the CD first before transferring all of the photos over to the new service. The CD is $6.95 for 700Mb (About 350–400 photos) and is being offered through Englaze.

I was curious what Yahoo Photo users think of the change, and so I turned to the comments on the Yahoo blog announcement. Overall, it doesn’t seem like people are too happy. Change usually doesn’t go over well with people in general, and this is no exception.

  • “I just converted to Flickr and now I’m pretty annoyed. My other yahoo sites that relied on yahoo photos are no longer working. This includes content that I pay for, such as Personals. How do I go about getting this fixed?”
  • “Why are you doing this mistake?”

  • “Words are not adequate to express my profound disappointment with Yahoo – as a yahoo user and (very small) shareholder. The company appears to be abandoning everything that works and works well for flash-in-the-pan features … some sort of Web 2.0 run amok frenzy, I guess.”

As mentioned, this is a process that will take place over several months. There’s no need to rush because you have until September 20th to get your photo situation taken care of.   And as points out, look at your options carefully. Some are offering incentives, and others will work much differently than what you’re used to. Check them all out and then decide which will be best.

Thanks for the tip Cory!