You may have noticed a small triangle popping up in the corner of your Flickr contact’s images lately. Fear not, there is no small grey triangle conspiracy, it’s actually to indicate that the image you’re seeing is simply a thumbnail of a brand spankin’ new Flickr Video.
Video! Video! Video! The rumours are true and â€œsoonâ€ is now. Weâ€™re thrilled to introduce video on Flickr. If youâ€™re a pro member, you can now share videos up to 90 glorious seconds in your photostream.
90 seconds? While this might seem like an arbitrary limit, we thought long and hard about how video would complement the flickrverse. [Flickr Blog]
Things I like about Flickr Video so far:
It’s been pretty fun during the whole two days I’ve been using it although there are Flickr purists who aren’t as pleased that the photo site is now intermingling with video.
“The big issue is the way it was implemented,” said Jason Bouwmeester, a systems analyst in Canada and one of the group administrators for No Video on Flickr. “There was no public beta…. They just reset everyone’s settings.” Users have complained about the video features causing the whole site to slow down, a possible influx of YouTube junk and the deviation from Flickr’s original purpose — photography. [Wired.com].
Regardless, I don’t think it will replace YouTube by any means (or become YouTube-like), but since I was recently on the lookout for a simple alternative to online video sharing, I’m glad I now have this option.