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Flickr now includes video

Alex Christie

9 April 2008

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, the Yahoo photo sharing company, will now be hosting homemade videos – or what they have dubbed "long photos" – in an attempt to lure users away from the dominant video sharing site YouTube.
It was only just launched but I have had a look at a couple of the videos posted on the Flickr Blog.  I would be interested to hear what others think of the service because while I was impressed by the image quality in comparison to Google’s YouTube, I have to say it wasn’t a quick experience with the video stopping to buffer up again fairly often.

In an attempt to keep all the videos home made and maybe to avoid copyright infringement, they have limited the length of the videos to 90 seconds.  I understand where they are coming from, but it is hard to compete with the market leader if you do not have a superior product. 

Neilson Online reports that 70 million people in the US watched 2.9 billion video clips.  Is no one doing any work anymore?? 

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