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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Yahoo! Photos closing....

"Dear Yahoo! Photos user,
For some time now, we've supported two great photo sharing services: Yahoo! Photos and Flickr. But even good things come to an end, and we've decided to close Yahoo! Photos to focus all our efforts on Flickr — the award-winning photo sharing community that TIME Magazine has called "completely addictive."
We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket), download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is
tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.
Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.
Please give us your decision by Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining in Yahoo! Photos will be deleted...."

Saw this news few days ago on a blog. It was an jpeg image, and not in words.
Thought it was kind of a spam or whatever. So I ignored it.
The first thing that came into my mind was Flickr won't close down. There were so many users who had paid them at least 24 months in advance. If they close it down like that, they will get lots of complains flooding in. I will be one of them. Not because of the money, but because I have so many images of my drawings and digital photos uploaded there and link to my blogs. Once those images were deleted, my blog will have lots of dead links and empty images.

Received the above email this evening.
My first reaction was to check the sender, afraid it was a spam again.
It was from Yahoo.
Read on.... luckily it was for Yahoo! Photos user, and not Flickr users.
"Even good things come to an end" - I think it is "free things will come to an end"
Don't know when this will happen to Blogger.
Hope this day won't come.
Even if it comes, please give me the option to pay up for uploading my content to their server. Just afraid that my months or even years (by then) of effort in keying in the contents and putting up my drawings will be thrown down the drain.
Currently, Blogger, or to be more precised, Google still need fresh contents from bloggers for surfers to search for informations online. Google can display Adsense/Adwords which account 99% of their corporate income. They still gain from this free service to the bloggers. That's why it is free. Anyway, they are not the only site which offer free blogging. By charging a fee or closing it down, it won't do them any good. It is as good as pushing their earnings to their competitors. Hence, I don't foresee them doing this in the near future.
Hopefully, I am right...............
If not, jialat!!!

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