Yahoo News: Company Acquires Vizify, Removes Facebook And Google Log-In Options

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Yahoo News: Company Acquires Vizify, Removes Facebook And Google Log-In Options

Yahoo has been in the news multiple times over the past 24 hours, which is notable considering the company doesn’t get nearly the amount of attention it used to.

They have acquired a rising social startup and removed some features from their services that allow you to sign in with a Facebook or Google account. Here are some more details on each of these stories.

Yahoo Acquires Vizify

The announcement was made yesterday by Vizify that they have been acquired by Yahoo. Vizify is a startup that allows users to create infographics and videos out of social media data. As a result of the acquisition, Vizify will be shutting down their service and are reportedly “excited to bring a more visual approach to data at Yahoo.”

Going forward they will not be allowing new signups or purchases of their premium service. Vizify intends to do right by customers who signed up for paid plans by issuing full refunds and providing instructions on how to assume ownership of domains purchased through Vizify.

If you’re not familiar with Vizify here’s a video to explain more about what they offer so you can get an idea of what they might bring to Yahoo:

Yahoo Removes Facebook And Google Log-In Options

Yahoo also announced yesterday they will stop letting users sign into their services, like Flickr, using Facebook and Google accounts. These changes will be rolled out gradually, which means going forward users will have to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use Yahoo services.

According to a statement by Yahoo this change has been made for the benefit of its users:

Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience… [the new sign-in process] will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone.

The Yahoo spokeswoman also said the sign-in buttons for Facebook and Google will eventually be removed from all Yahoo properties, though a timeframe was not provided.


Featured Image Credit: Screenshot taken March 2014

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  • James R. Halloran

    Interesting move for Yahoo. They’re obviously following Google’s lead about not using its competitors log-in capabilities to dominate the competition a little better. Vizify should also be a nice additive to their overall aesthetics. And good aesthetics are becoming more and more important for the search engines.

    • Vikas Paul

      James it is because Google services are integrated with a reason of mutual benefits, like if you are using Google docs, you are automatically sign-in into Gmail in same browser, so is the case with all G services, but Yahoo don’t have enough servces to synchronize with each other. You need to give customers a reason to work in Sync, not force them to do so.

  • Juan web

    Yahoo defintely is changing their strategy, they kind of seemed like a sleeping giant the past few years but it seems they’ll focus on being more innovate in the future.

  • Barbara McKinney

    Congrats to Vizify. They made a great product and worked on what they love, if they get to continue to work on what they love at Yahoo, more power to them. I just hope they are able to keep their scrappy and inquisitive style.

  • Vikas Paul

    Yahoo is not going to be benefited from this. This is not about better experience, but about cutting competitor’s traffic and it is not directly proportional to Yahoo’s own benefits, but will acts as inverse if it removes from all Yahoo services.