Well, what do you know? Yahoo has indicated that it will soon add video hosting to its popular Flickr photo hosting service.
According to CNET…
Flickr Video will not replace Yahoo Video, unlike Yahoo Photos, which was folded into Flickr. The audience for Flickr is different, Kakul Srivastava, director of product management at Flickr, told me. She used the term “authenticity” to convey the esprit de corps of the Flickr photo community, which numbers more than 23 million contributors.
Hmm, so how can Flickr include videos without appearing to compete with YouTube? How can they show their die hard users that Flickr is still the place to upload their photos? After all, there’s the danger that the addition of video hosting could dilute its market position.
Right now, when you think of image hosting, you think of Flickr. When you think of video hosting, you think of YouTube. If Flickr adds videos, it runs the risk of being thought of neither the place for images or video.
What do you think?