So in case you’ve been hiding under a rock in the tech world, Flickr has recently added a nice new feature for its users, or so they thought. They gave users the ability to add 90-second video clips to their accounts. You have to be a PRO user to be able to use this feature. Now there are three schools of thought on this topic; let me break it down.
1. The New User: Looking at Flickr from an entirely new user standpoint. I’m here to upload photos, maybe meet some new friends, but most likely connect with family. Now the addition of video for these users, probably not a highly used feature never the less it’s perhaps used here and there. I know a lot of my family likes to snap some quick video clips with their digital cameras. So really not getting any problems from this group. I’m sure this takes up roughly 50% of the user base of Flickr.
2. The Casual User: This is most likely the user that uploads new photo sets weekly from various things around the net. Maybe he has purchased the PRO account for the cheap 25$ a year. Now that this unique video ability is here, why not take the extra five minutes and upload your latest clips of you jumping on a couch or getting plowed at the bar. This is the group I would say I fall into. I have the PRO account, but I’m no avid photographer. This user group would most likely land about 30% of the Flickr user base.
3. The Die Hard User: These are hardcore photographers, or they are part of the original group who started using Flickr. They tend to take everything photography very seriously. They have been doing since long before Flickr, or learned and done it professionally, or as a serious hobby. Either way, they are photographers, and at heart, they love the camera and not the camcorder. To this group, the addition of video is an abomination to photography, the very thing Flickr stood for from the start. Now I would peg this group at the remainder of 20% of the Flickr user base.
Now really, I am glad they added these short video clips. It shows that Flickr is thinking outside of the box and ready to gain even more market share. Whether these Die Hards accept it is up to them, but unfortunately, their voice isn’t big enough to sway the good folks at Flickr. People cannot change and adapt. I try to look at it from their perspective, but it’s just the elitist attitude. I see no problems with it; it’s not like people are being forced to watch the movies or even stare at the pictures. Time will tell how this develops. Regardless, good job Flickr. Let’s see some more great ideas from their group.
Where do you stand on this one?