Remember the "we're unhappy to be Yahoo users even though we've been so for years"-debacle? Imagine the perfect storm of user disenchantment when this happens again - and the new account is a MS Passport? If you couldn't be bothered to imagine - don't worry. Flickr users already are.
Related Web 2.0 "build to flip"-thought: Isn't Yahoo the only company that has bought interesting web 2.0 upstarts, kept them alive, and seen interesting growth after acquisition? The jury is out on Jaiku - since the acquisition was so recent - but if an MS-buyout kills the upstarty enchantment with these services completely, we might just be witnessing a revenge of true independence. If you sold it you sold it - and it's just not an upstarty shared love thing anymore.Posted by Claus at February 02, 2008 12:27 AM | TrackBack (0)