I just found this article from Mashable and had to share one of the points from it. The article was about features of Youtube that aren’t widely known. And while it was fun to learn about these specific features, for the most part, to me, most of them had no real redeeming value. But one in particular did and I wanted to tell you about it.
I think this one has tremendous possibilities, in personal, educational and business uses. Synchtube allows up to 50 people to watch a video and IM in a chat window at the same time. Personally, you and someone in another state (or across town) can watch the same video at the same time and chat comments about it to each other; educationally, if an instructor put a lesson on video, or there was additional course material in a video format, a study group could watch it together, with everyone commenting at the same time. I would imagine the chats could be saved, thereby creating an additional great resource. I have a couple ideas for business use. First, as a video producer, I can create a video for a client, post it, and they can comment as we watch the video together. Again, by saving the chat, you now have a record of any specific changes or comments made by the client. Secondly, if you’re having a video produced for you, you can have a focus group watch it and comment on its effectiveness at the same time (which would probably be a lesser expense than pulling a focus group together, as everyone can view from their own homes.)
I’m sure I could come up with some more uses for this feature if I put my mind to it a little bit. How about you? Can you think of any more business applications for being able to have 50 people view the same video at the same time and comment on it? I’d love to hear your ideas. Please tell me about it below.