Photo-sharing site Flickr adds a video feature
April 11, 2008
Flickr launched a new video feature on their photo-sharing
site which was greatly anticipated and had been promised for over a year. This
considerable extension allows pro users (being a pro user costs $25 a year) to
upload videos with length of 90 second and 150 MB size. Viewing is available
for both free and pro users. Videos are shown as thumbnails alongside photos in
the albums and look like photos on pages which include them.
Just like photos videos can be made public or private, searched
by tags and descriptions and uploaded directly from camera phones. The short
clips can also be shared/embedded individually or as part of sets.
The ability to play the videos from the thumbnail screens or
the permanent page for the video is another great feature.
Flickr explains that the idea behind the new feature is not
to have people uploading long videos or clips of copyrighted material. The
short clips are a perfect complement to the photos. Flickr finds great
differentiation between Video.Yahoo.com and Flickr. In their opinion Yahoo.com is
all about broadcast, but Flickr is more about personal authentic clips.
Created by the former game designers Stewart Butterfield and
Caterina Fake, Flickr blossomed into one of the premier photo-sharing sites on
the web. Yahoo! purchased Flickr for $35 million in March of 2005. Since then
Flickr has been gaining popularity and attracting many enthusiasts to start
loading and sharing pictures. Users have the option to track where and when
photos were taken, to tag and comment on pictures, as well asthe ability to
create postcards and other products.
new feature for sure will make the growing Flickr’s community more devoted and
addicted to its favorite place for sharing personal photos and from recently short
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