Did you ever wish you could view a YouTube video in sync with one of your friends who wasn't in the same room as you? Now, there's a very easy way to do that thanks to a new app called Uptime. Launched by Area 120, a company created in Google's internal incubator, Uptime is a free iOS app that enables you to connect with your friends and other people on the internet via YouTube. The application is already available and can be downloaded from the App Store.
Using this new app is actually quite easy: all you have to do is to install it on your iPhone or iPad sign in with your Google account and you'll see a short tutorial video depicting what the Uptime what can do. As far as features go, I like the fact that you see the icons of those who are watching the video on the progress bar. Additionally, you can also offer up your opinions in real-time while the video is playing either by touching the screen or by typing in your message. However, as far as I'm concerned, this more of a preview edition than an official release as Uptime lacks some crucial functions such as an obvious way to search for specific people. Moreover, you can only share videos from YouTube and if you want to react, you're forced to watch the video vertically since if you turn your screen, you will no longer see any menus or buttons.
In case you spend a lot of time on YouTube, you may also want to read "Free Chrome Extensions for YouTube" or "How to use your phone as a remote controller for YouTube".