The Flickr Sign In

by Marianne Richmond on January 31, 2007

In case you missed the brouhaha, on March 15th everyone on Flickr will have to sign in with their Yahoo IDs. True confession, and please don’t throw me off the social network island, I immediately started using my Yahoo sign in….had it forever, easy to remember, and one less password to think about.

 " Nothing else on your account or experience of Flickr changes: you can continue to have your FlickrMail and notifications sent to any email address at any domain and your screenname will remain the same.

Complete details and answers to most common questions are available here: http://flickr.com/help/signin/"

And then, the blogosphere imploded…or at least it seemed that way at Techmeme. OK, so there actually where some other …no more than 3000 contacts and no more than 75 tags per photo. Well, this is all so far beyond my account that I can only awestruck with the very concept of 3000 contacts and 75 tags.

I looked for a voice of reason (meaning someone else who felt like Flickr was a great site, yes a great community, but for whom a sign in is a sign in, not an oath of allegiance). Tara Hunt posted, "What do you mean community isn’t about warm and fuzzy all the time?" She makes the point that it isn’t always, by using her close personal relationships as examples that we can still get mad, hang up, say stupid things, and still have close personal relationships. Except for the teenage years, that is essentially true….but even then, twenty I understand heals all (most) wounds.

Yes, its okay to get a little kumbaya about the old days with the Flickr sign in…but it is just a sign in; we have so many.

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