Views from Phanfare CEO and Co-founder Andrew Erlichson

Link Goodbye Yahoo Photos

As avid techcrunch readers know, Yahoo Photos is closing. This does not surprise me much. I know this business pretty well. Yahoo photos was a Shutterfly-Ofoto-Snapfish clone. They let you share your photos for “free,” where free meant that you could not get back to your fullsize images unless you bought them back on paper. It’s the black-flag roach motel theory of sharing. Images check in but they don’t check out.

The problem is, users only print the really good stuff, and less and less as time goes on. And who wants the Yahoo Photos style of private sharing? Family-oriented shooters mostly. Family oriented sharing requires a ton of disk storage and not much bandwidth (sharing) relative to the storage requirements. So monetization through printing is tough, even tougher when you are Yahoo and don’t actually own your own presses like Shutterfly. Yahoo also ran ads on Yahoo Photos, making the albums ugly and commercial. It would surprise me if they made any money on Yahoo Photos, even as big as it was. And when something is a perpetual money loser, resources to improve it are thin.

So Yahoo is closing Yahoo Photos and sending their users to Flickr. Focusing on Flickr for Yahoo makes perfect sense. Flickr is a media play. It’s American Idol for photos. The sharing relative to the storage is much higher, so monetization through advertising is more profitable.

The problem is, Flickr is really for a different group of Photographers. I don’t want to put photos of my kids in the tub on Flickr. That is ridiculous. And I don’t need the commentary of strangers on my family albums. So what should a Yahoo Photos user do?

They could transfer their Yahoo Photos account to Shutterfly, Snapfish and Kodak, officially supported Yahoo partners, trading one print-to-share company for another. Then they can let a new company keep their fullsize images hostage and ignore video.

Or they could come to Phanfare and move from user to customer. We have built a transfer mechanism to allow any Yahoo Photos user (need to be on Yahoo Photos 3.0 platform) to sign-up for Phanfare and have their entire Yahoo Photos account transferred to Phanfare.

To get you started, we will give six months of free Phanfare service to Yahoo Photos customers. That is six months of our premium service that takes photos and VIDEOS. Yes, you can upload your video clips and have them shared, and archived right along with your photos. You can enjoy our high touch customer service. (Want to try it? Call 800 699 9354 right now and talk to one of our amazing college-educated customer service superstars. Try that at Yahoo. First you will need to find their phone number.) You can add your music from iTunes to your slide shows. You can get amazing full screen slide shows and you can download whole albums of fullsize originals and videos back to any computer.

It is true that we are small little company compared to Yahoo, but just as Apple is small compared to Dell, we don’t think you will be disappointed.

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  • Will

    Ah… too bad I jumped the Yahoo! Photos ship before they announced they were closing. I could have saved a few bucks! It’s probably better this way anyway since Yahoo! Photos frequently failed to upload and/or duplicate tons of photos as I tried to upload them. Who knows how many photos were missing? And anyway, it’s not like it took that long to upload my photos to Phanfare. It took me months to upload maybe half of a 30 gig photo collection onto Yahoo! Photos. I had the entire collection onto Phanfare in about three weeks (without running the application overnight). Phanare absolutely beats the pants off of every other photo and video sharing service in terms of features, usability and price value. Go Phanfare!

  • Doug1e Photo

    I tried to transfer my photos to Phanfare but I got stuck at the message: “Your Yahoo! Photos account was not upgraded to the most recent version of Yahoo! Photos.”

    I log in to “”. I upgraded the account with the last major upgrade. What gives? Is there something I need to do to upgrade my account? I would really like to find a permanent solution to my photo storage problems. I was hoping that Phanfare was it.

    Please also reply to email replace of of the ones with i’s and the at symbols with a’s, since I may not be able to check back here as often as I would like.


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  • Free Upload and Share Images

    Oh this is bad…my account was closed too and couldnt share or transfer my photos to other sites…
    But am sure there are many other sites that accept free uploading Photos and the best one i deal with is :
    Thanks for Information…

  • SLR camera

    its not a bad news cause i think good improvement from yahoo photo's will happen and many will enjoy it, for sure.

  • boston moving labor

    That is really a bad news… I hope that they do something about it..

  • Maiden Name

    At least they have the decency of letting us transfer our photos to other photo sites or our own PC. Too bad, I thought they were having a great run.

  • receipt printer

    even though yahoo photos has gone down, there are lots of photo sharing sites that's been up and running, like photobucket, deviantart, flickr and also facebook.. also I rather search with google images than yahoo~

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