Up to 90 seconds of video can now be uploaded to the Flickr photo sharing site. The storage limit on video will be 150 mb from any recording device. Each individual video uploaded is limited to 90 seconds in length. The videos can be organized and shared just like photos. Tags, geotags, sets, privacy settings and copyright terms can be set as in regular photos. Videos can be searched in various ways, just like photos. Yahoo, owner of Flickr, surveyed 2,000 internet users and found that over 40% of those between 18 and 44 years old record video clips with their digital cameras. The Flickr news release is at this link: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2008/04/09/video-on-flickr-2/.

FlickrI am a paid member of Flickr and it is a wonderful site for storing and sharing photos. The site will allow you to order prints of various sizes and there are other value added options available from their third party partners. I welcome this video uploading news and expect the limits on each video will probably expand at some point down the road. Youtube will still be the place to go for those hard core enthusiasts who shoot long videos with digital video recorders. Still, I think it’s a nice addition to my Flickr membership.

Additionally, the size of individual photos that can be uploaded has been increased from 10MB to 20MB for members and to 10MB for those with free accounts. If I recall, my Pro membership account was $23, an annual fee. This entitles me to unlimited photos and unlimited storage. Flickr was launched in February 2004. Yahoo purchased Flickr and it parent company,  Ludicorp in March 2005. I was a member of Yahoo Photos which was discontinued. Yahoo migrated us over to Flickr with free accounts in July 2007. I liked the site so much, I signed up for a Pro account.

There are other photo sharing sites besides Flickr, such as: Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Photobucket. A review of these sites by the Mossberg Solution’s Katherine Boehret is at this link: http://solution.allthingsd.com/20070801/how-the-big-photo-sharing-sites-stack-up/.