The best web application for photos ever, Flickr, has just announced it’s accepting videos. You don’t believe me? Look at this:
Alright, the video is not that impressive, but the thing is cool, right?
Well, people are actually not too enthusiastic about it (even the official note was kind of “excuse us for doing it, believe us it’s OK”). But I think those purists photographers complaining about the danger of uploading videos are just dramatizing unrealistically. The move is a good idea, am I hearing you asking why?
- First of all because Yahoo! –Flickr is part of it– needs to launch new cool products to increase its price and to gain shareholders’ confidence to fight Microsoft back. This is a cool product.
- Because compact digital cameras and cellphones (I bet they’re a large proportion of Flickr users) have the possibility of recording videos. Therefore it makes the move a natural one. Now Flickr is offering a repository for the two filetypes you get with these gadgets.
- It happens to be a great Youtube competitor. In my case, all the videos I have uploaded to Youtube fit Flickr’s model, namely: less that 90 seconds, and taken with the same camera I use for Flickr. This will steal some users from Youtube. Competition, competition, competition = good for us.
- I have read it can damage the Flickr community. Well, nobody is obliging you or your circle to use it, so if none of you decide to use it you won’t notice any impact, right?
- Because it’s really well implemented! The interface is perfectly integrated (like any other pic, including georeferencing), and videos are playing smoothly.
- They’re offering just 90 seconds, and only to photographers with Pro accounts (seeking Pros?). So the videos we’re going to see in Flickr are going to be different to the Youtube kind of video.
- Last but not least, because the quality of the video uploaded to Flickr is better than Youtube’s (check the difference!).
Now I want to see Youtube accepting photos :-)