Flipboard is one popular app that makes use of the iPad’s big screen. For those of you who don’t know, Flipboard is an iPad app that takes your Facebook and Twitter streams and displays them in a magazine style.
Why am I talking about Flipboard? Because Showyou is like the Flipboard of video and is one of the coolest iPad apps I’ve come across in a while.
What Is Showyou?
Showyou is a fun, social video app that enables you to watch the videos your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Vodpod, all in one place, using the Showyou Grid.
When you first start using Showyou, it will ask you to integrate your Facebook, Twitter, and(if you have one) accounts. Once you do, it will automatically populate the grid with videos that were posted in your network along with how long ago they were posted.
The Showyou Grid is pretty awesome. Essentially it’s a customizable 2D grid of nearly 1,000 videos, and it includes a feed where you can watch and talk about videos with your friends on Showyou. You can find and follow your friends on Showyou too, and if they aren’t using the app you can invite them.
When you see a video you really love, you can share it on Showyou or your other connected social networks with a simple tap of your finger. Another social feature is the ability to let friends know you like their videos by “thanking” them.
You can also share videos you see while browsing the web just by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, you can watch videos being shared by your friends on your television using Airplay and an Apple TV (you’ll need version 2.0) with Showyou, which might just be the best feature of all.
If you’d like to see Showyou in action, I recommend you check out this quick video:
While I primarily focused on the iPad app here, Showyou is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can download the app from iTunes here.
Showyou puts a nice social twist on the video viewing experience, which made me want to watch more videos. Also, because it pulled from videos my friends were sharing, I noticed a higher level of quality videos on my grid as well. It makes sense, because videos that are worth sharing are much more likely to keep my interest than sifting through a lot of uninteresting ones on giant sites like YouTube.
The screenshots don’t really do this video sharing app justice, as you have to play around with it yourself to see how fluid everything is. I’ve been spending a lot of time with Showyou and I think it’s one of the better free iPad apps out there.
What do you think of Showyou? Will you be using it to watch the videos your friends have been sharing?