updated 02:36 pm EDT, Fri June 6, 2014
Flickr users forced to link new, existing Yahoo IDs to account
Yahoo is going to remove the ability to sign into Flickr using a Google or Facebook account at the end of this month. E-mails have been sent to users of the photo hosting service warning them that they will be forced to log in using only a Yahoo ID from June 30th, as part of a wider move by Yahoo away from third-party authentication to just using its own account system.
Flickr users who log in using Facebook or Google will be diverted to a new page warning of the change, reports The Next Web. The page will prompt users to sign in one more time using their normal log-in options, followed by either creating a new Yahoo ID or connecting an existing account to the service.
Yahoo announced its change in policy in March, with the company planning to shift all of Yahoo's services away from providing Facebook and Google log-in options over a one-year period. "Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience," according to a company statement at the time, adding that the new focus on Yahoo ID will "offer the best personalized experience to everyone."
The first service migrated was the NCAA college basketball tournament portal Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em.