Yahoo! Photos is now formally scheduled to close on the 18th of October 2007. All users are being emailed to migrate their accounts to Flickr or download the photographs to a local hard drive for storage or to upload to some other service.
The email being sent out is as follows:
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 has been called “completely addictive.”
We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT.. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to Flickr or download your original resolution photos back to your computer. All you need to do is give us your decision before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible. Please give us your decision by Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. After that time, any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted. Click here to make your decision, or review a list of our frequently asked questions.
Thanks for being a part of the Web’s largest photo-sharing service – we hope to see you over at Flickr!
The Yahoo! Photos team
The migration process is very simple, requiring just 2 clicks to confirm the desire to migrate the entire account from Yahoo! Photos to Flickr. However, the migration itself is not immediate. Instead, users are directed to their Flickr account, where they’re greeted with a messages that says “Woo! We’re delighted that you’ve decided to move all your photos from Yahoo! Photos to Flickr. We’ve started the import process for you, and we’ll send an email to your emaill address when we’re all done.“