Flickr Users Angered Over New Video Feature
Yahoo's decision to add video to its photo-sharing site was met with significant online protests.
April 11, 2008
The main complaints revolve around the fact that Yahoo chose to shove the feature up the users' accounts without consulting them first through a public beta test. Furthermore, users fear that video uploads might soon turn Flickr into a smaller-size version of YouTube and the site would lose its original focus on photography.
Last but not least, there are also complaints about the site being slowed down by the video content.
Yahoo's reaction is rather calm for the time being:
"We thought long and hard about how we would integrate video so it complemented the existing Flickr experience," said Flickr spokesperson Terrell Karlsten. "We always welcome feedback from our community and appreciate their opinions across many topics."
Still, this might not come as a surprise to Yahoo, since similar things did happen in the past. Back in 2005, a group of users threatened a "mass suicide" should Yahoo acquire the photo-sharing site. In February of this year, protests began making rounds online once again, when rumor had it that Microsoft was to buy Yahoo.
The new video feature allows users to upload 90-second videos. The feature is available only to users with Pro accounts, which cost $25 per year.