The Flickr Tradeoff

A long time ago, I switched my Flickr account name to my Yahoo! screename.  Why?  Because they asked me to and because I basically use the same signin for everything anyway, so it really wasn't such a big deal.

And eventually, it will probably happen with MyBlogLog and del.icio.us, too.  Seriously... who cares?  It won't make me use any more Yahoo services.

And why don't I care?  I don't care, because, at the end of the day, I'm glad the little startup where I store all my precious photos got bought be a big profitable company.

Yahoo! has lots and lots of servers and they're unlikely to ever completely go out of business.   So, if I had a choice between signing in to Flickr with my Flickr vs. signing into Yahoo! and giving me a better shot I won't have to move any of those photos in the remaining 58+ years of my life, I'll take the Yahoo! ID and signin.

It's the same as when your bank gets bought by a bigger bank and they give you a new card with new numbers.  It's a little bit of a hassle, but your money is probably safer at Citibank than it is at  First Fifth Third Bank of Saskachawan.

I'm not pissed off.  I'm thankful that such a great service exists, no matter what I need to enter in the box to login.