Flickr: home to the lens-laden
At Flickr's fourth anniversary party in San Francisco this weekend, Yahoo execs announced it would debut Flickr Video in beta next month.
The new service shall face significant competition. One in three videos viewed in the US are hosted by YouTube.
Yahoo folded Yahoo Photos into Flickr after its purchase of the site. But it has no intention of doing the same with Yahoo Video, which garnered 3.2 percent of video views in January. Product Manager Kakul Sriastava told CNET's Dan Farber that Yahoo Video and Flickr are two separate audiences, and Flickr must introduce video in an "authentic" way to woo its 23 million contributors to use it.
Last summer, Flickr was rated the #2 photo site in the US. Plans to bring video to the offering began circulating around the same time.