Online photo sharing site Flickr this week launched support for video upload, allowing users to post videos of up to 90 seconds long to the site.
Flickr said it is launching videos "gently" on the site. For example, it said that the videos will show up anywhere that photos do, such as search results, photostreams and RSS feeds, but they won't play automatically. Only pro members of the site will be allowed to upload videos.
"Adding the ability to share videos on Flickr is a natural extension of our mission to be the 'eyes of the world' - letting our members share what they see with the people who matter most to them, be they family and friends, or the world," noted Kakul Srivastava, Flickr's senior director of product management.
He added that as the site set about exploring the idea of adding video, Flickr found from its members that most videos captured today are essentially "long photos" - or short clips captured on digital still cameras or mobile phones rather than long format video taken by traditional video cameras.
"People aren't sharing these clips much," he added. " If they are, it's either via playback on their camera, DVD, or sending a large email file. While certainly there is video being shared on the Web, most of it is re-broadcast content, such as clips from TV shows. The video equivalent for the personal, authentic moments that are the hallmark of photos found on Flickr is actually pretty tough to find. Until now."
Videos on Flickr will work the same way as photos do now, Srivastava added. Features like easy uploading, tagging, sets, sharing privacy settings, adding to groups, geotagging and stats all will work the same for video as they do for photos, Flickr said. Unlimited storage will still be provided for videos.