In March, we reported on Google’s launch of a social app called Uptime, which was designed to help people watch YouTube videos with their friends.
At the time, it was only available for iPhone users in the US who received an invitation. Now it’s opening up to more people, at least in the US, by ditching the invitation requirement.
The app is the work of Google’s Area 120 experimental ‘workshop’, and basically layers the social features familiar from livestreaming-video apps onto a curated feed of YouTube videos.
“Easily share your favourite YouTube video and bring friends together to watch, chat, and have fun in real time,” as the official website puts it.
TechCrunch points out that in its invite-only period, Uptime hasn’t been hugely popular: “The app did manage to briefly snag a place on the App Store’s charts – at a peak of #403 in the Entertainment category, which has fallen since”.
If there’s something in this co-viewing idea, we strongly suspect it’ll end up as a feature within the main YouTube app rather than as a standalone product.