flickr Video is “The New Coke”

flickr Video is the New Coke

The “No Video on flickr” movement is not (well, not entirely) a bunch of Luddites whining about the invention of moving pictures. The huge “No Video on flickr” protest (30,000 members and counting) is probably the reason for any slight service delays on the flickr site, not 90-second video uploads.

flickr is the most well-regarded photo-sharing community on the web (full disclosure: I am a flicker Pro subscriber). Why the precipitate change to include video? Parent company Yahoo is desperate to add value to corporate assets before an impending corporate take-over. This short-term attempt to pump up stock value is poor long-term strategy, and while that is of no concern to a Yahoo management eager to sell, the user community is understandably concerned. Any flicker corporate purchaser should be, too.

No Video, Please

Adding video to flickr is a horrible move for the brand, for the long-term health of flickr, and for the user community. flickr management is diluting brand identity, introducing “New Coke” at the expense of “Classic Coke.” This will not help the Yahoo bargaining position, and even foolishly endangers Yahoo employee stock options.

Nothing keeps flickr from introducing a separate video service except the desire to exploit flickr community user numbers for short-term gain in the corporate acquisition wars.

flickr community members have a strong interest in a strong flickr brand identity. This move weakens it.


Images by Mike Licht. Download top image here, bottom image here. Creative Commons license. Credit: Mike Licht,

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2 Responses to “flickr Video is “The New Coke””

  1. Angele Majewicz Says:

    Well said Mike.

    Last night I did a search of the videos posted thus far. Lots of cute babies, watch my kids see-saw and a fair amount of listen to my parrot say a**hole (real title), several x rated videos – Ad nauseam.
    Erudite content to say the least – Flickrtube has arrived.
    Nothing wrong with any of the above and obviously it is popular but I have now lost a unique place to share my photography. My photos are not labeled as photos anymore. Photos are now called things or items.

  2. Fabio Says:

    well said, and guess what now… flickr is hiding the amount of photos tagged with ”novideo” it was a form of protest to become an all time tag but now every time it reach nearly 93,000 it drops down to 90,000

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