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In a bid to broaden Flickr if not actually crush YouTube, Yahoo is adding videos to what has just been a photo-sharing site.
The change, which the company plans to launch publicly later Tuesday, is a modest but significant extension of Flickr's features. The videos, limited to 90 seconds and 150MB, will be shown as thumbnails alongside users' photos, and will inherit all the features of photos stored on the site: users can add comments, captions, comments, geotags, and privacy restrictions so only friends or family may view the videos, the company said.
Flickr Gets Video [news.com]
Because they are pro accounts, Flickr has what I think is a scalable model to free them of copyright issues.
Just don't see this as a negative thing at all, as long as you don't define it as saving Yahoo from Microsoft or making too big a deal out of it.
I'd love no time limit too, but not sure what the cost/benefit is to them. I think they are real concerned not to make it too big a move that would alienate a vibrant community. I got an invitation to a group to demand that Yahoo! remove videos, but I doubt it will gain much steam because they eased into it and the implementation is subtle.
Maybe in future version the limit will be longer. Remember, they probably realized that the Microsoft attack required an early release of all their upcoming projects, so they are taking a few plunges and want to do so w/o blowback.
Offering longer videos w/o the infrastructure ready could be the reason it started this way.