YouTube RealTime, a new technology that brings an as-it-happens social aspect to Google’s video-sharing site, shows promise but suffers shortcomings, reports CNET.
RealTime has the potential to bring some of the communal aspects of TV to the more solitary phenomenon of online video. With it, a toolbar across the bottom of a YouTube page shows you what your friends are watching and commenting on, shows them what you’re up to, and pops up invitations from friends who want you to see something. It’s an opt-in service, and you can temporarily go into a private mode, so you can still close the curtains if you want. RealTime launched publicly on Wednesday through an invitation-only viral marketing campaign. Unfortunately for Google, that’s where the first problems arrived…

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