Flickr Eliminates Login to Other Social Networks within the Site on June 30
Yahoo is evidently continuing its efforts to revamp its own photo-sharing site Flickr. The technology firm has officially announced the elimination of Flickr’s current social media login options. In a statement, it said that this policy would formally be implemented on June 30.
What does this mean to Flickr users? From that day on, they would not be able to login to Flickr using their Google and Facebook accounts. Instead, those users would be required to use their own Yahoo ID. That can be translated as a measure to make the Website more exclusive to Yahoo users worldwide.
To access Flickr, users should sync it with any current Yahoo account. If they forgot their Yahoo ID, they would be guided on the process to retrieve their usernames and passwords. If they don’t have a Yahoo account yet, they can easily create one online. Presently, users can access Flickr just by entering their Google or Facebook accounts.
Giving out early notifications
Yahoo said it has started sending out emails to all its Yahoo users containing the advisory about this change. That email message states that starting in July 1, signing into Yahoo services, including Flickr, would not be possible with the use of Google or Facebook accounts.
The company reiterates that it aims to make this transition very easy. At the same time, it is asking for users’ understanding and cooperation during this important service transition. It did not elaborate much about the reasons for this change.
This move comes actually as no surprise. It can be recalled that Yahoo already announced it last March. That time, Yahoo assured its users that it is continuously working to improve user experience to its services. Revamping the sign-in process is part of the strategy.
Interesting changes at Yahoo
Yahoo has been active in bolstering the interest in its own services. Under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer, it started a revamp of Flickr in May last year. It first offered endless full-screen library of photos. It also established full-resolution uploads.
The company has also junked its classic Yahoo Mail service and replaced it with a new version. Before the end of 2013, it literally cleaned its house by deactivating all abandoned Yahoo Mail accounts and offering some of those to other new users.