Yahoo rolled out video sharing on Flickr this week. They’re trying to position Flickr Video not as another video-sharing site and YouTube rival, but as a useful addition to Flickr’s core business: a web platform for adding and sharing photos.
Flickr will make video available in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese.
Users can upload up to 90 seconds of footage, with a maximum size of 150 MB, from any recording device. They can organize and share videos the same way they handle photos, using tags, geotags, sets, and privacy settings.
Videos can be uploaded to photo streams, alongside photos, and embedded on third-party Web sites.
Personally, I’m not really happy about this bit of news, I think Flickr should have stayed for photos only. I don’t think photos and videos really belong together, even if they try to present videos as “long photos”.
And obviously, I’m not the only person who feels that way, as I’ve already been invited to a number of Flickr groups opposing the addition of video.