Reuters is reporting that Yahoo is going to stop users from accessing its web services, such as Flickr and Fantasy Sports, with their Google or Facebook credentials. Currently you have an option to sign into Yahoo services with those options but it’s coming to an end. Once this is rolled out, the next time you try and login you will be asked to create a Yahoo ID or enter your Yahoo ID. Marissa Mayer is forging ahead to make Yahoo relevant again and allowing logins from competing companies is something she’s ready to do away with.
“Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,” the company said in a statement, noting that the new process “will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone”.
The first on the block to get the new login requirements is Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em, which is a NCAA tournament game. For the moment you can still access all of Yahoo’s other services with your Google or Facebook ID. But their demise is coming soon. This is certainly a bold move by Mayer and Yahoo as there are likely a lot of users that authenticate using Facebook and Google. I know I use Flickr with my Google account so I’ll have to be changing over soon. Flickr is a hard service to just up and let go with the free 1TB of storage the give you. What do you think of Yahoo’s move here? Do you think it’s wise in the long term and may be a bit shocking in the short term? Will users comfortably give up their login options and stay? Or will they revolt and dump Yahoo services? Do you use Yahoo services? Are you sticking around and giving Yahoo a chance? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook!