Flickr drops support for Google and Facebook logins

Flickr will drop Facebook and Google login support starting June 30th, 2014. Current and new users will be forced to create a Yahoo account in order to access and use Flickr’s service.

According to IBTimes, Yahoo has begun sending out emails to existing Flickr users and notifying them of the upcoming June 30th deadline. Users that access their Flickr account using Google or Facebook are being urged to login to their accounts and create a new or use an existing Yahoo account.

Flickr started as a photo and video hosting service in 2004. It was acquired by Yahoo in 2005 and has expanded its offerings over the past decade. The service has a community of close to 100 million users and has an app catalog that spans across all mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The mobile app can be used to create stunning photos with its unique filters and editing features.

The push is an initiative by a new Yahoo that is trying to claw its way back to relevance. CEO Marissa Mayer has made multiple changes and enhancements to the company since starting her position in 2012. While this will be a bold move for Flickr, those already using the service will most likely comply with the login changes in order to avoid having to move potentially hundreds of gigabytes of photos and videos to a competing service.

Source Flickr via IBTimes

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They should've just made it like most providers out there - register with whatever account you want, create the local identity transparently (or ask your few extra account questions), link both identities (FB, etc) and move on with your day... This is kinda dumb honestly (not the fact that they're making people make Yahoo! accounts but for not being able to continue to login using federated auth after that)

I use Flickr, sign in with a Yahoo account I've had for 15 years - it's the only thing I use it for nowadays. What does it matter if you have to have a Yahoo account?

Yup, as far as I'm concerned it's no different than the mandatory Google accounts. Set it up and move on, don't actually have to use it. Aside from random mandatory service signups or the other occasional thing where I don't want to give my real mail address, I never look at GMail or Yahoo mail anyway, they can spam it up all they want. Non-issue.

Say hello to the death of Flickr.
They're making signing up and essentially increasing their userbase more difficult. Why.
People want to be able to cross-share things they upload to flickr to Facebook, the most popular social media.

Don't know anyone who uses Flickr or Yahoo. Can't see this making Yahoo any more relevant than it is now (which is close to zero).

Presumably Marissa is going to use the "new signups" to justify her job, or a BIG bonus!

Flickr is more popular than you believe, imho.
When I read wikipedia:
"The Verge reported in March 2013 that Flickr had a total of 87 million registered members and more than 3.5 million new images uploaded daily."