I sometimes wish that I would be there when my friend, a family member or colleague watches a YouTube video that I have discovered.
It sometimes happens if the url of the YouTube video is submitted via a chat interface. I usually open the YouTube video again which is then more or less in sync with the same video that the recipient is watching. But it is not a perfect solution, more a practical one.
That's where Synchtube comes into play. The new online service creates rooms in which users can watch YouTube videos together in sync. Think of a chat room that has a unique url that can be shared with others who can then watch the video together with you at the same time and in sync.
The chat room places the videos on the left side of the screen and a chat area on the right.
The first person to enter the room is the leader of the room. The leader can start and stop the video, and those operations will be carried out for all users who have joined the chat room. A new video can be loaded as well by the leader by pasting a YouTube url into the form at the bottom of the screen.
A new room can be created by anyone. All it takes is to paste a YouTube video url to the form at the Synchtube homepage to create a new chat room for that video.
A unique Synchtube url can then be send to other users who the creator wants to invite. Rooms can be set to be private which makes it impossible for random users to join the room. Only users with the right url of the room can join.
Synchtube offers an interesting service that makes it easier to watch videos together with other people.
Update: The service has been retired and is no longer available as of March 15, 2013. Check out these alternatives instead.
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