Beauty and Simplicity that comes with Constraint

So yeah… Flickr has launched Flickr Video and the big surprise is that the videos can only be 90 seconds long. Before you start moaning and groaning about it, let’s sit back and think about this.

Didn’t we all moan and groan when we found out Twitter had a 140 character limit?  Now Twitter is a Web 2.0 darling.

Constraint brings simplicity.  90 seconds mean that most likely the video is raw and unedited.  It’s the video that comes from the digital photo camera or from your camera phone.

Constraint can also bring great beauty.  Think of haiku. Think of Twitter.  There is a certain level of clarity in what you say when you have a limit on how you can say it.

I’m confident that if people keep an open mind Flickr Video will be a medium for creativity and expression for many years to come.

3 thoughts on “Beauty and Simplicity that comes with Constraint”

  1. I was pleasantly surprised by the announcement. Who has time for a 5 minute long video these days? (I’m serious, a 5 minute YouTube clip is a commitment!)

  2. Hello, Justin, and great blog.

    I’m trying to see it from your point of view, but I really don’t care for it…

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