Yesterday, Yahoo emailed to say that Yahoo Photo accounts would be closing in September. This wasn’t surprising since Yahoo bought flickr some time ago.
Options to transfer photos included flickr, photobucket, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly and Snapfish. I chose flickr since I’m definitely ‘flickr addicted’ (I didn’t realize that Time Magazine has called flickr “completely addicting”, but I do agree).
With the click of the mouse, my photos were heading to flickr. I had two Yahoo photo accounts, both merged nicely into flickr. All the Yahoo Photo folders became new sets on flickr. Photo descriptions and titles were carried over too. I expected the new photos to flood the flickr photostream and push all my recent photos far afield, but they didn’t. Also, all the photos were initially marked as private, with an easy link to make them all public again.
And the nicest surprise? 3 free months of flickr PRO added on to my existing PRO account. flickr users with a free account also receive 3 free months of PRO, smart marketing.
For more info on transferring your photos: Yahoo is Closing FAQ