updated 12:10 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2008
Flickr for video files
Flickr today launched a video hosting service to run alongside its image equivalent, which already boasts around 42 million monthly visitors. The move comes in response to findings that 40-percent of surveyed individuals use their digital cameras to capture short video clips, with 55-percent of those surveyed sharing movies with others directly on the camera, and an additional 20-percent who don't share them once they are captured.
"Digital media has led to a new behavior emerging in the market and people are much more likely to shoot short video clips, essentially "long photos," with their digital still cameras and mobile phones," said Kakul Srivastava, general manager of Flickr. "There is a great resonance between this new category of content and with the kind of authentic, personal moments already being shared on Flickr."
The service will support 90 second clips, weighing in at no more than 150MB in size. Both free and Pro members will be able to view public clips, while users are also able to make their videos private, or visible only to friends and/or family.
Tags and geotags are applicable, as well as being to search by tags and descriptions. Users can also upload directly from a mobile phone.