From March all us Flickr users will have to use a yahoo ID for logging on to the system, and as you might expect lots of people are suddenly ‘up in arms’ about it all. The BBC reports here
I can see the logic in this from Yahoo’s point of view, to them it makes sense and gives us, the user, seemless single sign-on … only …
My own view somewhat mirrors what JennyCide says on his/her blog: [Fun blog by the way!]
“My main beef here is that I already have a google account and a Yahoo account but I choose to keep them separate from things like Flickr and Blogger – I value my privacy and security. Anyone who wants to dig can find my name and photo on the web but I don’t make it too easy – like most people on the internet, I keep my real identity to myself and my friends and I certainly don’t want my blogger account to be associated with my gmail account – they are both used for different purposes and have different audiences, likewise with Flickr and my yahoo account used for yahoogroups – I really hate the idea that someone can see my username in yahoogroups and look for the same name on flickr and find my photos. Everywhere on the internet, single sign-on is seen as the holy grail and is sold as ‘what the consumer wants’, something I disagree with – I like choice. I also would like to ensure that when security issues happen, I can limit the potential damage as much as possible – at this rate, it’ll only take one minor security issue and my entire identity will be compromised”
I agree. I keep loggin myself out of all google’s stuff precisely BECAUSE of single sign on. I have lost count the times I have opened Gmail and then say google reader or Calendar for some reason; finished with gmail, closed it down, only then to realise that any other google (owned) apps I had open have also logged me out. And this got even sillier recently with Blogger. For a while I had my ‘old’ blogger account and a new one that I set up just to have a look what was what. However, this meant anytime I had gmail open and tried to log on to blogger, it would launch/automatically sign me in to the new one , and I would have to close down gmail to be able to get into the ‘old’ one.
Now, of course, having migrated this is not a problem – It has however added to the number of google related apps I may have open and inadvertently close thereby logging myself out of one and thus all.
It is quite frankly, a pain in the arse.