It has been said that social media is pushing us farther apart. That it has removed the personal aspect of communication and has made us anti-social. It’s so much easier to click “like” or send a funny gif about an article, post, or picture instead of sharing your emotions and thoughts through arcane communication techniques like a face-to-face conversation or actual words and sentences. However, the further we move into the social media age, the more life-like social media seems to become.
Take Uptime for example. Uptime was launched back in March by Google’s innovative incubator, Area 120. The app is used in conjunction with YouTube to allow users to invite their friends to watch videos online with them. Each viewer can react and comment on the video in real time for everyone else to see. Strangers can also join the screening and add their reactions and comments to the party.
These comments and reactions are preserved in the play-back, so if a friend can’t make it to your screening, they can watch the video later and see all the comments and reactions as they watch. And they, in turn, can add their feedback.
Uptime is not the first of its kind. Live streaming apps and other co-watching apps like Cabana and Let’s Watch It is now bursting into the social media scene. They offer an easy way to have a virtual viewing party with friends when you can’t meet face-to-face or just want a spontaneous get-together over the interwebs. Uptime also makes it easy to share and find entertaining videos. Uptime can even help you meet new friends who share your obsession with cute kitten videos. Uptime is now out of Beta mode and is available to all Google/YouTube users. To try out Uptime, simply download the app from the iTunes store. (Sorry, Android users, it’s not available for you yet.) After you entertaining videos.
Uptime can even help you meet new friends who share your obsession with cute kitten videos. Uptime is now out of Beta mode and is available to all Google/YouTube users. To try out Uptime, simply download the app from the iTunes store. (Sorry, Android users, it’s not available for you yet.) After you log in to the app using your Google user name and password, you’re ready to go. Share your favorite videos and “wave” your friends in to watch with you.
Thanks to new, interactive social media like Uptime we no longer have to watch YouTube videos alone.
Sara Woodard-Ortiz, owner of The HeartFull Journey, is an ally for heartbroken moms who are going through separation and divorce. Her goal is to help moms love themselves during and after divorce as a way to build a foundation to attract a new, satisfying relationship. Sara lives in Danville, IL with her daughter, Olivia, and their cats, Bianca and Katniss. When Sara is not working on her business, you can find her playing Minecraft or drinking coffee at a local cafè.