It’s official: Verizon now owns Yahoo and Flickr

Jun 16, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

It’s official: Verizon now owns Yahoo and Flickr

Jun 16, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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It’s been reported before that Verizon was about to acquire Yahoo. Now it’s officially done – Verizon is a new owner of  Yahoo, along with Flickr, their (once) popular photo sharing platform. Verizon has acquired Yahoo for $4.48 billion, and they plan to combine it with AOL and create a new service called Oath.

As a consequence of the merger of Yahoo and AOL, 2100 employees will be made redundant. But in spite of this, the CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong, has a plan of creating one of the biggest brand-focused companies in the world. According to DPReview, Oath’s goal is to compete with other major services like Facebook and Google, which Yahoo obviously wasn’t capable of.

As for Flickr, there is still no news of changes. For now, there are no announcements about the change of pricing or the layout of the platform. What I’ve only notices (yes, I still use Flickr) is that they have altered the look of the profile page a bit.

In recent years, Flickr’s popularity is rapidly dropping, so it’s questionable whether it’s still profitable. From here, there are probably only two possible solutions (and maybe I’m too optimistic). First, Verizon could give it a makeover, try and make it more active and raise its popularity again. Or second, they could decide it’s not profitable and shut it down.

I still love Flickr, probably because that was the platform that made me start sharing my images in the first place. But frankly, it seems like soon there will only be crickets and tumbleweed left. Still, I would love to see it bring its old popularity back, and it’s what I’ll be hoping for from this acquisition.

What do you think? Could Flickr bring its old popularity back? Or the number of users will just continue to drop?

[via DPReview]

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21 responses to “It’s official: Verizon now owns Yahoo and Flickr”

  1. Pavlos Pavlidis Avatar
    Pavlos Pavlidis

    I would, if I could log in my own account. I’m still not tired of commenting the same thing over and over

  2. Margaritas Ante Porcos Avatar
    Margaritas Ante Porcos

    Flickr could not possible be worse. The biggest dump on the internet. Only Yahoo could produce such a huge mess that Flickr is.

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      The only worse thing than Yahoo’s Flickr is Yahoo itself.
      But I am really nostalgic about Flickr, that’s why I still use the account. :(

    2. Rich Avatar
      Rich

      If it can be made worse, Verizon is up to the task… take it from a retired Verizon employee.

  3. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    both are dead…Yahoo sucks.. the Yahoo mail is the worst out there. Yahoo Killed Flickr.

    1. Justin Suyama Avatar
      Justin Suyama

      Yahoo killed Flickr and then sold out to Verizon. Not a bad exit strategy for them. I wonder what Verizon was thinking, unless they need to offset their gouging mobile service with losses on Yahoo/Flickr.

  4. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    I use Flickr now like an archive for my images to search through them by name and check the date (and if they change the searching algorithm it would be better). I’ve suspended my renewal once they changed their layout and everything. Whatever speed my internet is on, Flickr is always slow to load.

  5. Rob Gipman Avatar
    Rob Gipman

    Yup, my website is the diplay http://www.rgphoto.nl/

  6. John McLachlan Avatar
    John McLachlan

    I actually like Flickr. Of course, part of the issues is most of the other photo sites aren’t much better. Nice place to share photos.

  7. Kim Siever Avatar
    Kim Siever

    And now that you can no longer auto post to Flickr from Instagram…

  8. Phillip C Reed Avatar
    Phillip C Reed

    Yes, I still use Flickr.

  9. Christopher Drake Avatar
    Christopher Drake

    I use a pro account for additional photo backup

  10. David Torke Avatar
    David Torke

    I started a new pro account 6 months ago. My old one – 12/yo, 4m views – was so cluttered. Verizon just added some new features. What’s not to like?

  11. Nguyen Kien Avatar
    Nguyen Kien

    Please make Flickr great again. It’s too slow!

    1. Gustavo Coronado Avatar
      Gustavo Coronado

      Slow than the only you song…

  12. Bob Hdly Avatar
    Bob Hdly

    Dammit. I suppose I will have to find something to replace flickr now.

  13. Sylvain Clement Avatar
    Sylvain Clement

    Bad panda…

  14. Paul Downing Avatar
    Paul Downing

    I still like Flickr, and I hope it is backed for the future.

  15. Rich Avatar
    Rich

    If it can be made worse Verizon is up to the task… take it from a retired Verizon employee.

  16. John James Avatar
    John James

    The story of Nokia with it’s dumb inertia.
    Verizon should remove all the current managers TOTALLY and replace with fresh outsiders.

  17. Steve Birmingham Avatar
    Steve Birmingham

    Flickr is still around? I mean, even someone like me can ftp my photos to the webspace I get with my email. – No ad photo hosting that I control. Not room for hundreds of pics, but enough to rotate a bunch through.