the MySpace of photo sharing Flickr has finally added video capability, and predictably, it’s pissing off Flickr devotees. They’re signing petitions and creating protest photo galleries and everything. Ahhh, it’s always fun to see the Flickr “community” get stirred up like someone kicked their anthill. They’re so earnest about it: “This is the end of Flickr! Video will DESTROY the pristine environment we have created! We don’t want this in our community! We want things to stay the same and never change, ever! And get off our lawn!”
Jesus Kee-rist, people…it’s really nothing to freak out about, it’s just a new feature for your “community.” Are they raising rates? Putting more limits on bandwidth or storage? No? Then chill out! The videos are even limited to 90 seconds, so it’s not like they’re making a YouTube clone or something. Sheesh. SmugMug (which I prefer by leaps and bounds) has had video capability for quite some time, with a 10-minute limit, though they don’t shove the feature in your face the way Flickr is doing at the moment. Consider it an enhancement, not the end of the world. Ya drama queens!