Flickr, the popular photosharing site, has just added the option to upload video to the site as well. Wait, you say, isn’t that just YouTube? Yup. Only YouTube lets you upload video of any length (with the right authorization) while Fickr sets a limit of 90 seconds.
That might seem sort of crazy at first glance. Why would someone use a highly limited service when there is a wide-open one right next door. I think, though, that the 90 second limit is brilliant. It gives the entire act of posting and sharing video much more casual. Not only don’t you feel you need to post something significant, the viewer never has to worry that anything will be longer than a minute-and-a-half. That’s a perfect limit.
Flickr Video’s 90 sec limit is a lot like Twitters 140 character limit. Limits spur creativity.