Jan. 9th, 2017

feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
Last July Verizon bought Yahoo which had bought both Tumblr and Flickr.

I think it will be a slow process, but I wouldn't be surprised if Verizon extracts whatever it wants from them, and then shuts down both sites (I'd bet on somewhere between a year and two). And if they do shut them down, I don't expect you'll get much (if any) advance warning.

Flickr hasn't updated their mobile app in over a year. Last Sept, they shut down their 2 year experiment with 'Marketplace' where you were to get paid for photos. Yahoo cut 15% (about 1,700) Flickr employees last Feb. in an effort to cut losses, saying they were reducing its resources to minimal overhead.

Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion in 2013, but last Feb. lowered its valuation to $760 million. They used iffy statistics to make it seem that they'd got a userbase of a billion, and thought they'd earn $100 million in actual revenue in 2015 (spoiler alert: Nope.)

What happens when businessmen buy broken-down horses? Are they likely to spend the time and money on the slight chance they can nurse the animals back to usefulness?

I strongly advise anyone with treasures hosted on Tumblr or Flickr to make backup copies kept in your own possession.

I have pretty much given up looking for a photo host, unless LJ's scrapbook dies. Tired of learning to use a site only to have it gone within 2 years.
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