Yahoo! Photos is closing. I got an email from them over the weekend. Here's a section of it:
We will officially close Yahoo! Photos on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 9 p.m. PDT. Until then, we are offering you the opportunity to move to another photo sharing service (Flickr, KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Photobucket), download your original-resolution photos back to your computer, or buy an archive CD from our featured partner (for users of the New Yahoo! Photos only). All you need to do is tell us what to do with your photos before we close, after which any photos remaining on Yahoo! Photos will be deleted and no longer accessible.
Of course, we hope you'll join us at Flickr (you can even use your Yahoo! ID), but we also realize that Flickr may not be for everyone. In the end, we want you to find the service that's right for you, and we hope you take some time to learn more about your options before making this important decision.
That's an exceptional marketing move - give people the option of automatically migrating to a non-Yahoo!-owned photo service. Forcing everyone to migrate to Flickr would have been the easy thing to do, but this is smarter. People like choices, and there will be people who are angry that Yahoo! Photos is shutting down and forcing them to change services. By giving them a choice of services for migration, Yahoo! gets their Miracle on 34th Street moment instead of bad press.