First Look: We Take YouTube RealTime For A Spin
Earlier today we reported on YouTubeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plans to roll out a new real-time product that adds a new social layer to YouTube, allowing friends to share the videos theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re watching with each other in real time, without having to turn to outside chat programs or Twitter.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve just taken the new product for a spin, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty clear this will add another dimension to YouTubeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s virality and its role as a social site. Before now, there hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been a particularly compelling reason to establish friends on YouTube, aside from subscribing to videos a user uploads. If you had a funny video to share, it was easier just to do it via IM. RealTime changes that.
RealTime appears as a toolbar at the bottom of every YouTube page with three main items. The most prominent button is an indicator showing when you have Realtime sharing turned on, obviously to ensure that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t accidentally share some videos you arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too proud of watching. The Ã¢â‚¬ËœOnline FriendsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ tab shows which videos your friends are currently watching (if any) and their recent history.
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