Well, it’s official — the worst kept secret around, Flickr was acquired by Yahoo!, and was announced on the Flickr Blog:

bq. Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the champagne corks!

My initial reaction, as an avid Flickr user, is very wait-and-see. Despite the occasional downtimes, I’ve been impressed by how they’ve managed to scale up, as the site has grown exponentially. But obviously, there comes a point where a Yahoo! can really help.

What I’m worried about most, was only slightly deflected in Caterina’s post — it’s not that Yahoo! will get “flickrized”, but that Flickr would end up “Yahooed!”:

Yahoo Photos will get a lot of Flickr features, and there are alot of other areas around Yahoo that will also be Flickrized where Flickrization would be good.

That’s not reassuring… I guess we’ll wait-and-see.

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