Thursday, February 01, 2007

today i got an email from flickr stating in part:

On March 15th we'll be discontinuing the old email-based
Flickr sign in system. From that point on, everyone will
have to use a Yahoo! ID to sign in to Flickr.

when i'd heard that yahoo had bought flickr i felt like it was very bad news as just about everything yahoo touches gets heavily screwed up. typically there's lots of bitching and moaning going on about being forced to use a yahoo i.d. to sign in(something i'm very unhappy about myself). a less cynical person would find it nice that they opened a place to give feedback. but i can't help wondering if it's just some ploy to make it look like people have a say when in fact they do not. there are a lot of great people using flickr and some great things about it, but it's also home to lots of censorship and admins on power trips. luckily, i'm usually able to avoid such things.

what is it with these companies wanting people to use one user name/password to log into various websites? isn't that a huge risk to your personal information? there's this situation with flickr, there's blogger wanting everyone to switch and start using their new version which requires a google email account to log into. orkut did the same thing. i'm usually very reluctant to do such things. so i've been holding onto old blogger as long as i can, and won't be merging my flickr account to a yahoo account until the final deadline.