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Yahoo Dumps Google, Facebook Logins For Flickr

Flickr users who sign in with Facebook or Google IDs will need a Yahoo account to access their photos after June 30th. Here's what you need to know about the change.

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Popular photo-sharing site Flickr is the latest Yahoo property to drop Facebook and Google login capabilities, the company announced. After June 30th, Yahoo will require all Flickr users to sign in using a Yahoo ID.

Yahoo announced back in March that it would gradually phase out third-party logins for all of its Web properties. This means that users who signed into Yahoo services using their Google or Facebook ID would need to sign up for a Yahoo account to access them moving forward. Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em, a service for college basketball fans, was the first to make the switch.

If you use a third-party login to access your Flickr account, you have two options: You can either connect an existing Yahoo ID to your Flickr account by the end of the month, or you need to sign up for a Yahoo username in order to access the service.

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The next time you sign into Flickr, Yahoo will prompt you with two options, depending on how your Flickr account is configured. Yahoo will either take you through the steps to sign up for a new Yahoo account, or ask you to connect your existing Yahoo account.

You can link only one Flickr account to a given Yahoo account, the company said. If you have more than one Flickr account, you will need to sign up for additional Yahoo accounts to access them.

Back in March, Yahoo said the move away from third-party logins would provide users with a better experience. "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience," a spokesperson told InformationWeek. "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone."

In Flickr's official thread for questions related to this change, many users expressed their displeasure with the move. Some noted the inconvenience of managing an additional username and password while others reported difficulties today in switching to a Yahoo ID.

Yahoo did not immediately respond to InformationWeek's request for comment.

Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz opened Yahoo services to people using third-party credentials in 2011 to tap into competitors' enormous user bases to increase traffic to the company's own sites. Current Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer's reversal of this is yet another move to focus on personalization and customization in order to boost advertising.

Since Meyer joined Yahoo in 2012, the company has launched redesigns of Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Finance. It also announced a number of acquisitions and initiatives at CES, including news summary app Yahoo News Digest, reworked advertising offerings, and image-heavy websites Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Food.

Yahoo also launched a controversial recycled email program last year, which reassigned Yahoo IDs that had been dormant for more than a year. Recipients of these recycled email addresses reported receiving personal messages-- such as phone bills, bank account statements, and social network login information -- intended for the former email account holder. Yahoo later launched a Not My Email button to return such email.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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6/25/2014 | 4:06:22 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
Google and Facebook users have to come to terms with the fact that flicker is upping its game, no more third-party logins that tend to create online traffic while flickers users use their flickers accounts. What yahoo is trying to do is it is trying to make things easier so whether you like it or not that's for the best. It never hurts to accept a little change sometime.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/12/2014 | 8:22:03 PM
Re: Cynical ploy to boost number of user accounts
It probably has rather more to do with being able to say "look how many new users we have!" 

^^Sounds familiar. (Google+, anyone?) 
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/11/2014 | 3:40:31 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
But what else is there? << That's the big question. Flickr users will (probably begrudgingly) make the change, but what about its other web properties? Is there enough value in them for users to make the switch? We'll see.
Judith96a
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Judith96a,
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6/9/2014 | 12:21:52 PM
Cynical ploy to boost number of user accounts
I doubt that this change has anything to do with improving the user experience. It probably has rather more to do with being able to say "look how many new users we have!" The process of associating a flickr account with an existing Yahoo account is far from painless or straightforward - they clearly want you to give up and create a new one (its all about new account stats).
Kristin, are electrons in short supply or characters rationed? If not, then why the tired hack style headline? Why not "Yahoo dumps Google and Facebook Logins ..."? Let's have some plain english rather than this tired old "newspaper hack-speak"
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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6/8/2014 | 2:38:25 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
This is a nuisance, to be sure. But to Yahoo, this is a necessity. I get the Bartz idea that opening up sign-ins to other services brought traffic. But that was a concession that Yahoo's service did not offer a desireable enough ecosystem to warrant its own login. 

We'll see if that changes. I would argue that Flickr has been an important service for Yahoo. But what else is there?
NickR432
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NickR432,
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6/7/2014 | 9:56:08 PM
Yahoo, leave things alone!
I really didn't like the changes to Yahoo Calendar some time ago, prompting me to switch to another service.  Now they have made changes in Mail which is infuriating, such as grouping messages together and if it's from or to myself, is labeled as 'Me".  Yahoo, "if it's not broke, don't fix it!"
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/6/2014 | 4:37:54 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
LOL @Thomas I never use my yahoo email except when I post to some neighborhood groups that are run through Yahoo groups. I get the updates on another email, and so log in to my Yahoo account very rarely. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/6/2014 | 4:33:48 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
If only Yahoo offered services I wanted to use.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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6/6/2014 | 3:56:28 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
Some Yahoo services, no doubt, may feel the pinch when they switch to a Yahoo-only login. Flickr users, I think, will likely (begrudgingly) make the switch because photos are so personal and because the service is so popular. 
DarioI887
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DarioI887,
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6/6/2014 | 2:18:30 PM
Re: "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,"
Its not.  They just want Google/Facebook people to spend more time on Yahoo.  This is just a crude way of making that happen; strong arm approach.  If you can't make them come because they want to, wrap a noose around their neck and drag them in.
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