Comments on postKatch
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Ryan Hoover
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I feel like I keep repeating myself but here's another example of an invisible app -- a product that doesn't have its own interface, integrated within people's existing workflow. Simply add the hashtag #katch to your Meerkat stream and Katch will record and publish your video on YouTube. Glorious. @jsneedles could have used this during his 24 hour meerathon (yes, that's meerkat + marathon).
jonas
@jnsdls · Yeah, I don't know either.
@jsneedles @rrhoover +1 for meerathon.
Jack Smith
@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@sleinadsanoj meerathon was great; but actually one of the main reasons that it worked Imho was that it was NOT being recorded. 1) temple club were not going to let them in, as they said no recording. But he explained that it was not being recorded. No way to record it etc. And so they let him in. 2) later they were telling embarrassing stories and one guy shared a story that he'd never told anyone apart from his mom before, because it wasn't being recorded. The no recording is a big pro for meerkat Imho. But at least this gives people other options.
jonas
@jnsdls · Yeah, I don't know either.
@_jacksmith I just liked the word "meerathon". 😊👍 But yes, I agree that the "no-recording" part of meerkat is a feature not really something they were missing. Maybe it would make sense to restrict this #katch functionality to the broadcaster only, so they have some form of control over what gets recorded... 😕
Jack Smith
@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@sleinadsanoj that's a good point. It's unclear. Is this only for the streamer? Or viewers also?
jonas
@jnsdls · Yeah, I don't know either.
@_jacksmith from what I understand the #katch can be used either by the broadcaster in the announcement or by ANY viewer as a comment/reply during the stream... EDIT: after re-checking the website it looks like it's only the streamer who can #katch meerkasts... so that's 1 less concern I have about this.
Ben Halpern
@bendhalpern · CTO of argohq.com and creator of dev.to
@jsneedles @rrhoover Absolutely room for a lot more of these.
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Ryan Hoover
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@_jacksmith @sleinadsanoj I agree that part of what makes Meerkat special is that videos are not recorded. It lowers inhibitions and like Snapchat, encourages people to create less "produced" content. That said, I save most of my meerkasts to my camera roll at the end to preserve the memories. I don't intend to share most of them publicly but I would have loved to use Katch during our last Product Hunt AMA for those that missed it.
jonas
@jnsdls · Yeah, I don't know either.
@_jacksmith @rrhoover agreed. there's definitely value here & I love the simplicity of the approach. It's normal that their are kinks to work out at this stage & who knows maybe this will evolve into a full-fledged YT "competitor" for meerkasts... (I like the YT integration for the MVP-ness of it, but I feel like there would be space for a portrait-video platform...)
Jonathan Howard
@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@_jacksmith @sleinadsanoj This was my reaction as well, but since (a) the recorder already has the ability to save, and (b) #katch has to be public on the original Twitter announcement, this doesn't feel like a feature degradation to me
Tarikh Korula
@tarikh · Co-founder @KatchHQ
@rrhoover We almost beta tested on your AMA 😽
Arush
@arush · Co-founder, Try.com