Facebook Video Launches: YouTube Beware!
BY PETE CASHMORE
MAY 24, 2007
There's a huge announcement buried under all the Facebook Platform buzz today: Facebook is launching a video service to compete with all the major video sharing sites. So not only should MySpace be shaking in its boots, but YouTube also has cause for concern.
The service, which isn't yet live (we assume today or within the next week), will support video uploading as well as direct webcam recording. The Flash Recorder application also lets you record and send video messages to friends instantly through their Facebook inbox. It supports cellphones, too - send a clip to video@facebook.com to post it to your Facebook profile.
Deep Integration with Facebook
Facebook Video allows you to tag videos with your friends' names, meaning you can explore all the clips of one particular friend. It's also integrated with the Facebook news feed, and you can create video threads thanks to integration with your Facebook mail. Max length/size is 10mins and 200MB, and there are privacy controls for the video section.
No Embeddable Player!
Facebook is obviously trying to keep pageviews on its own site, and keep privacy high. But we're surprised to hear that unlike other video properties, Facebook Video won't let you embed videos elsewhere - linking, yes, but no embedding. If this is the case, it's probably the first move by Facebook that we actually disagree with.
MySpace and YouTube - Be Afraid!
Clearly, Facebook is taking aim at MySpace and YouTube. Of those, MySpace has the most to lose: users will continue to embed YouTube clips in their news feeds, but MySpace - formerly the hub for your social life - is seriously under threat today. MySpace's failure to build a hub for outside developers could be their greatest failing as Facebook moves to embrace the developer community.
The full Facebook Video FAQ is below, although it largely covers what we already know.
TOPICS: FACEBOOK, SOCIAL MEDIA, SOCIAL NETWORKING, SOCIAL SOFTWARE
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