Only Yahoo accounts can access Flickr

Only Yahoo! account holders will be able to access Flickr from March 15, 2007 as ben reported by Flickr News.

On March 15th, 2007 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.



There was big uh-oh last time when there was an attempt to merge flickr Ids with Yahoo! accounts – the time when flickr had become part of Yahoo family. Even this time, if you want to speak up, you can go to Official Old Skool Merge Topic.


This attempt is the only one after that time, so let us see what is the outcome this time. In my view, lot of old Flickr ID holders would have migrated to Yahoo by this time in order to use other integrated services from Yahoo in addition to Flickr…remember Single Sign On! And other fact which favors this integration is itself mentioned by the post –

We’re making this change now to simplify the sign in process in advance of several large projects launching this year, but some Flickr features and tools already require Yahoo! IDs for sign in — like the mobile site at or the new Yahoo! Go program for mobiles, available at

Moral of the story is – make people slowly transit from one service to other if they are reluctant to sudden change :).


In order to switch, you will need to go to Flickr: Merge a Flickr and Yahoo! account.


In addition to above announcement, there are others too, in fact limits, in order to make Flickr a better place for photo sharing –

  1. You can have maximum 3000 contacts
  2. Each photo on Flickr can have a maximum of 75 tags

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