Have you checked your Flickr page lately? Well, if it’s been a while, you can now add video clips to your Flickr pages. Yahoo has officially announced that it has added support for video to its popular photo sharing site.
While Youtube continues to grow, Yahoo wants users to start sharing videos on its site—-shot by still cameras, camcorders and camera phones, as well as photos, and Video on Flickr provides an easy solution for consumers, according to the company spokesmen. The emphasis is obviously ease of use—Flickr has made the process downright simple. It may make the difference between success and failure. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Video can be up to 90 seconds long, and no more than 150M bytes in size. To upload video you have to be a Flickr Pro user, but everyone can watch. Users can upload videos directly from mobile phones, and integrate videos and photos into a stream. and there is also an API for third-party developers to create programs or services using authorized video submitted to Flickr.
The big question is—will Flickr be able to compete with Youtube? It remains to be seen, but Yahoo thinks there is a huge untapped market of which it can take advantage. Industry estimates show that more than 40 percent of consumers between 18 and 44 are capturing personal video clips with their digital cameras, but they are not taking advantage of Web sites to effectively share their videos.
Fifty-five percent of respondents to a survey commissioned by Yahoo said they merely play back video clips for their friends on their camera device or PC, and 20 percent don’t share these clips at all. Yahoo and Flickr would like to change that.
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Sources: IDG News Service, CNet