Flickr Launches Video; It’s Not A YouTube Clone

Flickr is arguably the jewel in Yahoo’s crown — a great site that in many ways has no peer. Now, after a long wait, video has been added. One might imagine that this is intended to compete with Google’s YouTube, but as the Flickr blog explains the new capabilities have been set up to complement the existing Flickr culture and community.

It’s very different than YouTube.

Videos are limited to 90 seconds and can only be uploaded by “pro” account holders (paid). Everyone can watch video, however. There’s an emphasis on personal material and not third-party or copyrighted clips (e.g., The Daily Show).

Yahoo incorporated Flickr photos into image search and one can imagine that the same will ultimately happen with video as well. Flickr video is also very different from Yahoo’s more traditional video site or from its new Live video site.

There’s more discussion of Flickr video at Techmeme.

Related Topics: Channel: Video | Search Engines: Video Search Engines | Yahoo: Flickr


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