Is Yahoo looking at acquiring Imgur?

Yahoo has been busy acquiring tech startups ever since Marissa Mayer took control of the company. Now, sources close to the company have revealed that Yahoo is in talks with Imgur for a possible acquisition of the popular photo sharing website.

Imgur was launched in 2009 by Alan Schaaf who was at the time not convinced by the other photo sharing websites. In his interview with Neowin, Schaff said that he had noticed the lack of good, free image sharing service that could be used by anyone and would support any amount of bandwidth without removing the image. To address this issue he set out to create Imgur as an easy-to-use website "as a gift to Reddit" and went on to capture more audience than Reddit itself.

Marissa Mayer joined Yahoo in July 2012 and has been acquiring numerous startups specializing in social technology. Tumblr has been her biggest acquisition so far at $1.1 billion. The company expects to engage youthful audiences through Tumblr and possibly with Imgur if a deal is finalized.

No financial specifics have been revealed by sources yet, but Business Insider expects Imgur to get a good value and is predicting an offer between $100 million and $500 million for Imgur from Yahoo.

Source: Business Insider | Image via Imgur

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Better than Google engulfing yet another cool company and forcing their failed g+ account for yet one more property.... as if that will make the network take over FB...

Oh god know! Well time to start using another service shortly then folks as imgur will no longer be usable without some sort of lengthy registration and the bugs oh god the bugs.

They want Imgur because Yahoo wants something "social" with an active user base. I haven't used Tumblr, but I do use Flickr. The only thing Flickr has going for it is the insane amount of cloud storage they offer. The interface sucks, and nobody is really being 'social' on the web site (at least none of the "friends" it automatically found for me by digging through my contacts).

I'm not sure why people are worried. What bad has happened to Tumblr?

Imgur actually makes a profit these days. So Yahoo wouldn't be buying a user base but have to do drastic changes to make it profitable. Also, I think Flickr has been vastly improved since the change of leadership.

As a heavy user of Imgur, I hope that this won't bring about bad changes if it goes ahead. It's a great service as it is.

Why not, Yahoo has been making a series of bad decisions for years now, one more is right in line with their operating strategy... what ever that is.

Skin said,
Why not, Yahoo has been making a series of bad decisions for years now, one more is right in line with their operating strategy... what ever that is.

"for years"

This seems to tell me that you don't make a difference between the Yahoo-before-Marissa Mayer and the Yahoo after. You really should. Because Yahoo stock has been boosted 238% since 2009 or 100% only the last year, all the while Flickr is using a much improved design and 1 TB free storage, and Yahoo has bought Tumblr without really touching anything, not even the XXX stuff on it.

Northgrove said,

"for years"

This seems to tell me that you don't make a difference between the Yahoo-before-Marissa Mayer and the Yahoo after. You really should. Because Yahoo stock has been boosted 238% since 2009 or 100% only the last year, all the while Flickr is using a much improved design and 1 TB free storage, and Yahoo has bought Tumblr without really touching anything, not even the XXX stuff on it.

You really have to separate the boost of stock against their decisions. From UI designs to their scope of what they want to be (search, portal, hosting, etc), they have jumped from one thing to another with a very poorly communicated strategy and Corporate goal. It seems that their only goal and long-term plan is to try and float their company by buying things people use, and coasting off of that.

Heck, for all we know the NSA has asked yahoo to become the central photo hosting site in the world, so they have less sources to search.

What is it with Yahoo's need to buy site's that serve up porn? First tumblr and now imgur? Hell..imgur is what hosts most of the porn images for reddit. Kind of makes you think that Marissa has a mommy/daddy complex going on. Or that she just wants to think of the children

#Michael said,
What is it with Yahoo's need to buy site's that serve up porn? First tumblr and now imgur? Hell..imgur is what hosts most of the porn images for reddit. Kind of makes you think that Marissa has a mommy/daddy complex going on. Or that she just wants to think of the children

Like it or not porn is very profitable.....

Never said it wasn't. Just can't figure out why Yahoo has this thing for sites that host porn images.

And I like porn just like any other guy.

#Michael said,
What is it with Yahoo's need to buy site's that serve up porn? First tumblr and now imgur? Hell..imgur is what hosts most of the porn images for reddit. Kind of makes you think that Marissa has a mommy/daddy complex going on. Or that she just wants to think of the children

Yahoo CEO = Hot
Yahoo buying up sites that serve porn =Also in line with "Hot"

Theory #1: CEO getting ready to produce a spread.

Theory #2: She wants to be the only hottie on the net.

#Michael said,
She is pretty but I wouldn't go so far as to call her hot.

I'm a pretty simple man. If I'd hit it, then she's hot

It may be a macpro with 3 monitors. I don't see what box that guy is using. It's funny how mac guys are always looking for any non existant reason to be condescending.

Whenever I see a headline starting with "Is Yahoo", my brain auto fills in the rest of the heading as "filing for bankruptcy".

I'd really like to know why you guys are so against this. I mean obviously Yahoo aren't the most appealing of businesses, but they bought Tumblr and have kept it pretty much the same. I still enjoy using Tumblr even after Yahoo acquired them, why would imgur be so different?