"I am terribly depressed about the news of the Microsoft bid for
Yahoo. Would there be any way on earth of ensuring that MS keep their
fists of ham away from Flickr, thus keeping it as the world's best
photo sharing site? Somehow, I think the answer is no. The very least
they would do is re-brand this sucka, which I can live with. But
almost certainly they won't leave it at that. That would be too
different from past behaviour.
I can't imagine that this mass acquisition of web properties won't tie
into their grand scheme of "fixing this platform independent internet
problem". Of course they'd use this to extend their hold on the
desktop. A Flickr uploader that requires Vista *and* Silverlight?
Start boning up on your .Net, guys... And maybe they'll get some of
those ad dollars going to Google... ads and IE-only pages on Flickr,
even for paid users... coming soon.
Good thing I don't keep stuff on Yahoo Mail, or I'd be in utter torment. "
And last night got a reply from Flickr:
Thank you for contacting Flickr Customer Care.
On January 31, 2008, Yahoo! received an unsolicited proposal from Microsoft to acquire the Company. The Company's Board of Directors will evaluate this proposal carefully and promptly in the context of Yahoo!'s strategic plans and pursue the best course of action to maximize long-term value for shareholders.
We remain committed to you and to continue to provide you with industry-leading products and service.
Thank you again for contacting us. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reply to this email.
Flickr Customer Care"