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Yahoo! Video Removes Upload Functionality, Sunsetting on March 15, 2011

Yahoo! Video is no longer allowing uploads, Yahoo announced:

“On December 15, 2010 the functionality to upload a video to Yahoo! Video was removed and a download utility, available through March 14, 2011, was added to users’ video profiles to allow retrieval of content. The user-generated content will be removed from Yahoo! Video on March 15, 2011. We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.”

YAhoo video homepage

“Unable to compete with YouTube and even Facebook for traffic to its video site, it appears that Yahoo is shifting focus away from user-generated content. But it’s unclear what Yahoo Video will become. Of course, Yahoo is hoping that its photo-sharing site Flickr will become a popular destination for videos. Flickr turned on the ability to upload videos back in 2008,” TechCrunch noted.

Yahoo!, which announced a round of layoffs at the company, has sent an email Yahoo Video users:

Yahoo video email

Photographer Thomas Hawk criticizes Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz over her efforts for the past three years and, in particular, used Flickr and her lack of support of it, to do so. Now that Yahoo Video is being dropped and Flickr hosts them, his comments suggest the need to pay more attention to the product.

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