Flicker = YouTube? Maybe Not.

by Irma Arkus

What some perceived to be an unassuming rise of competition to an overly corporatized medium, Flickr’s announcement to start a video streaming service, has prompted a lot of negative fan responses.

Some fans have obviously taken this to be an affront to existing photo sharing service, as they assembled a “No Video on Flickr” group.

As reported by The Register, fans demand that the photo sharing service remains solely for photography, rather than expand in streaming video service direction: “Other sites on the web accept video already, but do not accept photos. We all joined Flickr because of it’s dedication to photography and photographers, and we want Flickr to remain true to this dedication. It is our request that this feature and addition to Flickr be removed.”

Many perceived this development to be a natural progression of Flickr’s services, which is why this small but growing number of discontented users, came as a bit of a surprise.

Flickr’s move to streaming video is just one of many sites incorporating multi-media services to their menu.

The Pirate Bay, one of largest p2p user sites, as well as Mininova.org, and BitTorrent are moving toward streaming video services. CBC, for example, has established a partnership with Mininova, while BitTorrent has partnerships with Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and NetGear.