Flickr fans band together to fend off Microsoft

More than 1,800 users of the photo-sharing site sign up for a group opposing Microsoft's $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo, which owns Flickr.

This "Blue-Pink Screen of Death" image protests Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Yahoo, which operates Flickr. Flickr user michaeluyttersp

This is what happens when Microsoft tries to take over not just a company but also a community: a number of Flickr users have launched a group opposing the attempted acquisition.

The Microsoft: Keep Your Evil Grubby Hands Off Our Flickr group has 1,804 members and counting. The photo-sharing site has no shortage of opinionated members, and who knows how many shares they'll be able to vote in a proxy fight, but it is an interesting development.

"I'm not a Microsoft hater," said Flickr user Christopher Bosum. "I just don't like the fact that there might be just another Internet monopolist."

Several of the photos in the pool are amusing, but I particularly liked the Blue-Pink Screen of Death that merges Flickr's color scheme with Microsoft's notorious error fatal-crash message.

Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo last week. Yahoo has said its board is studying the offer .

About the author

Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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