You’ll need a Yahoo account to use Flickr from June 30
If you’re a Flickr user you might be annoyed by Yahoo’s latest power play, which removes third party logins — meaning that from June 30 you’ll no longer be able to log in to your account using your Facebook or Google ID.
Yahoo claims that it’s so that the service can offer “the best personalized experience to everyone,” but it seems a pretty shameless way of getting users to sign up for Yahoo accounts (which you’ll now need to sign up to, or keeping using, the service). While Yahoo announced that this would be happening earlier this year, this is the first time we’ve had an actual date to put with the report.
Users who access Flickr through Facebook or Google are advised to sign in one last time using their existing account, at which point they are prompted to register with Yahoo. Existing accounts will transfer over to the new account, so you’ll still be able to access all of your old photos.
Yahoo received a setback recently when it was revealed that iOS 8 no longer uses Yahoo to handle the weather info, instead replacing it with data from the Weather Channel. While it may be reading too much into it, this certainly throws an apparent dampener on Yahoo’s plans to push for it to be Apple’s primary search tool within Safari.
Either way, it’s pretty clear that Yahoo’s in something of a transitional period currently. It’s just difficult not to hear of a change like this and feel that users are the ones who are being punished for it.