Well. Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz sure wasn’t kidding when she announced in her layoff letter that the company is changing much of their focus. I received an email today “politely” informing me that the struggling online service is going to nix their video content – ALL of their video content. They’re kindly offering me a tool to use to download and save my videos. Thankfully, I’ve also uploaded this same content to much more reliable and stable sites. I don’t have to worry about it. That’s not true for everyone, though.
In the succinct email, it was stated that Yahoo! “will be removing all general user-generated content upload capability and user-uploaded video from Yahoo! Video. As a result, your videos, user profiles, ratings, favorites, and playlists will no longer be available after March 14, 2011. User video content from Yahoo! Video that remains embedded on third party sites will no longer be playable after March 14, 2011.”
Some users have a lot of content on that network… and nowhere else. Sure, they can download their videos and save them. Can they download their ratings, comments and profiles? Of course they cannot. Those things are simply going to be gone.
The good news is that you can take the time to upload that same content to Flickr. The popular photo site now allows video uploads, along with your pictures. However, you can only upload clips of 90 seconds or less, they have to be content you created yourself, and they have to meet some pretty strict requirements as far as “appropriate” levels go. Think of these as “long photos.”
What are your thoughts? Do you even use Yahoo! at all these days? Will you bother to download any videos you may have on their sites?