You know what really bothers me about the whole Yahoo-Flickr deal? Take a look at each of these sites:
- ViaWeb (note that they didn’t even bother renewing the domain)
All of them were bought by Yahoo sometime between the late 1990s and early 2000s. Do you sense a common thread? What happened to each one after being bought by Yahoo? I’m not aware that Yahoo has ever allowed any of its acquisitions to maintain a unique identity. What, then, does that bode for Flickr?
Update, Feb 2007: This entry has been linked a couple of times (okay, once by me) in the official login merge thread, and I’ve added links to a few more acquired companies that have been brought up. It really is looking unavoidable that Flickr will be turned into a subdomain within the next few years. They better not break my
<img> links. Also see the list here and the Wikipedia list of Yahoo acquisitions.
Update, 2008: Yum, crow!