For those of you unfamiliar with Flickr, it is a photo hosting site that, for reasons beyond me, grew well past being just a way to share photos, but almost reached cult like status amongst heavy Web users. So huge is it’s status, I even signed up for an account there many moons ago… and I have still yet to share one picture on it. I simply don’t get the excitement, but I am obviously in the minority.
So, imagine my surprise when earlier this week when Flickr announced they were adding video hosting… and all hell broke lose. Quite quickly, my Twitter feed filled with people saying it was a sign of the apocalypse, people were starting petitions, websites sprung up, people started tagging their pictures with “no videos”, I believe some claimed there were sacrifices of babies, dogs started thinking cats were all sorts of “okay”… in short, people over reacted.
Welcome to the 21st century folks; businesses do evolve, it’s the nature of the beast. So, Flickr added the ability for their PAYING CUSTOMERS, you know, the ones who pay $24.95 a year, not the freeloaders on the open accounts, to upload 90-second videos… get over it. It is not the end of the world, if you don’t like it, don’t use it, but for the love of everything… SHUT UP ABOUT IT!
I am all for people protesting for what they believe in, but aren’t there more important things in life than a website adding video support? How does this possibly harm you? It doesn’t! Sure, I heard someone say it would muddy up the photo pools, but come on, you can’t just glance over the videos?
I think iJustine summed it up pretty well in her video… uploaded to Flickr.