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Uptime

Watch YouTube videos with friends, made by Googlers

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Trần Tú Anh@tuanh_beu · Product Developer, Higgs Valley
Does anyone has invite code? *Updated: here is the code "PIZZA" Thanks to @bentossell
Oskar von Hauske@ovonhauske · Designer @ Google
@tuanh_beu would be useful
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@tuanh_beu "PIZZA" - according to the article
Trần Tú Anh@tuanh_beu · Product Developer, Higgs Valley
@bentossell thank you
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
Google(rs) + YouTube attempting to not get left in the dust from the 'Snapchat-crowd' (read: anyone who has used a 'stories' product) Not available in the UK app store yet though 😒
Oskar von Hauske@ovonhauske · Designer @ Google
@bentossell not made by Google :D
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@ovonhauske Yes I know
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
@bentossell I might as well not be in the US. "This app requires iOS 10 or higher." Time to upgrade my iPad. Kunal needs some Uptime! 😎
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
I really REALLY do not like the user interface.
Ming Ma@mingliangma · Founder at Kllect
@lyondhur I think the design is towards a younger crowd. I wonder If people enjoy chatting while watching the video. Why don't you like the UI?
Tom Johnson@tomjohndesign · UX Design Manager, Intradiem
@lyondhur I disagree, but it is a little on the over-saturated busy side, to be sure. That being said, the onboarding is 🔥 .
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@mingliangma that's the curious thing: people love to watch stuff and talk to friends while they do it (from millennials and back). The problem to be fixed is that the interface and the experience with which people do that is entirely different: they watch it on a big(ger) screen and chat/comment on the smartphones. Twitter? Personally, the UX feels more like it was designed to overwhelm than to solve a problem. It's so busy and with a humongous colour palette that it actually made me want to just close it. Added to the variety in profile pics and all it's different colours, it's a carnival. Too much. No enough real estate for the video itself, which falls to the background behind all the confusion. It's really cool that attempts are being made to tackle into this niche. However, less is more, almost always.
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@tomjohndesign Yes, I totally agree: onboarding is super easy. However, that's an UX obligation to modern apps presently; it has to be easy. But this app's core isn't about onboarding, but about facilitating chat while watching videos on YT. I strongly do not think "younger crowd" means clutter, overwhelm and confusion as far as User Experience goes. I don't get why this is always there. Whenever the UX is poor and confusing, "it's for the kids". When UX solves the problem, it solves it for any public. I don't get the strategy as well. YouTube is global, but the app isn't available in other countries. Anyway, personally, I can't see myself in any scenario where I can use Uptime.
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@mingliangma I heard many times YouTube-focused agencies and Devs sketching around this functionality. A lot of UX research (including other platforms) point to one important factor: if what you're watching has breaks/ads/commercials, this "might" have a place. Yet again, good luck breaking through Twitter here.. If the video is short(er), the user often prefers not to have their attention broken and they simply watch the video, swiftly engaging with their friends immediately after. 1/2 ...
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@mingliangma Considering that the vast majority of videos on YouTube is much shorter than a full episode of GoT or Westworld (since we're talking mass-buzz here), the time you take dodging the YouTube Ads, making the onboarding, waiting on it, asking, commenting and responding in a chat, while that short YT video rolls and ends, eats a lot into the entire workflow. "The" content meat on YouTube averages between 6" to 10". All being said, I don't think the time brackets that are left to explore even qualify as conversation at all. Such engagement is largely asynchronous (although it feels like real time if the buzz is high) anyway. I really want to be positive about it, but I reckon not all the work has been done here. 2/2
Ming Ma@mingliangma · Founder at Kllect
@lyondhur I have a 10 years old brother who watches Youtube all the time. I asked him to download it and gave it a try. At first he thinks the UI is really cool, and love the color palette. And then when he found he can post emoji and sparklers, he thinks fun. However; after playing for 15 minutes, he closed the app. I asked him why. He told me when he really wants to watch a video, he wants to focus on the video not the interaction with other people. he said this app is good for watching dry educational videos in school with his friends.
VNOD@kumarece26 · about.me/VNOD
@adithya @ramil_bakhishli Application developed by bunch of googlers doesn't mean its from Google. Many people just download by seeing the product is from Google. Please Change the name. cc : @rrhoover @producthunt @bentossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@kumarece26 please do not accuse anyone of 'Spam'... I saw it was from the Google incubation program so added 'from Google' - I shall change it. But having context that its from Googlers actually can be a reason for people to check it out.
VNOD@kumarece26 · about.me/VNOD
@bentossell Thanks Ben! Changed :)
Googlers love iOS more than Android. *Sigh*
Tom Johnson@tomjohndesign · UX Design Manager, Intradiem
@usamaiv It's not about love, it's about being way easier to build and being able to tap into a greater proportion of your target demographic.