Now that iPhones have a void formerly filled by the Youtube app, video enthusiasts are being forced to get their fix via other means. Some of these alternatives aren’t dedicated solely to the experience of watching hilarious videos, but also to spreading those LOLs all around the internet.
Showyou is an app that places just as much of an emphasis on the social network aspect of sharing videos as it does the videos themselves. Click more to see for yourself.
To make the most of the Showyou app, you will need to sign in using either your Facebook or Twitter account. You can, however, try the app as a guest first.
Once you’re connected, Showyou will begin importing the videos it finds that have been shared by your friends or followers on Facebook or Twitter. Similarly, the videos you share on your social networks will also be shared on Showyou.
The smiley tab (fifth from left) shows your profile page, including: your username, the edit button for updating your info, your “thanks,” how many followers you have, how many users you’re following, and any videos you’ve shared, commented on, or otherwise interacted with.
Connect With Friends
On its Find Friends list, Showyou will suggest users you may want to follow based on your already established interests on Twitter and Facebook. And at any time, you can access a list of every user you’re following — just select the first tab at the bottom left.
You can also find friends using your contacts, plus select to be notified whenever your friends share videos or interact with Showyou videos under the flag tab (fourth from left).
The magnifying glass tab (second from left) will show you what’s trending. Select any one of the subjects to access a bevy of videos pertaining to that person, place or thing. Note that there’s also a search bar at the top of the screen, allowing you to find videos on Showyou on anything that interests you.
The tab bearing the Showyou icon (third from left) reveals your Showyou feed. Similar to Facebook’s timeline feature and Twitter’s feed, this page shows you everything that’s going down in your little corner of the Showyou world. Videos can be watched in both portrait or landscape mode, plus you can pause, rewind, fast-forward … everything we’ve become accustomed to in the digital age. (Bonus: You’re also given the option of sending the video to your Apple TV, if you are lucky enough to have one.)
In your feed you can view other users’ videos; share videos via email, Facebook or Twitter; “thank” the user who posted the video (similar to a “like” on Facebook); reply to the user who posted the video; comment on the video; or add the video to your Watch Later list. When you comment on a video in Showyou, you have the option of also sending that comment to your social network.
Under the first tab, the list tab, is where you can really spend some time browsing. Here you’ll find a collection of the most popular videos, featured videos, any and all Watch Later videos you’ve saved, as well as lists of videos separated according to their subject, for example: News, Sports, Art and Design, Tech, Viral, Comedy, Nature and Science, and others.
Of course, similar to Twitter, you can also click on any user’s name (shown in blue) to be taken to his / her / its profile page. There you can see that user’s follower and following stats in addition to the user’s feed.
In my opinion, this app does a great job delivering what it advertises. The simple navigation provides a lot of options without becoming a burden, and the black, gray and turquoise interface is easy on the eyes and makes the graphics — such as the videos, user profile icons and video snapshots — really stand out.
I also appreciate that there are so many different ways to interact with the videos and the app. Not simply a means for streaming video after video, Showyou gives you the option of thanking other users, emailing videos, commenting, replying to users, sharing videos via a number of ways, and much more.
If the very best qualities of the iOS Twitter app and the YouTube app (rest in peace) grew up and got married, the result would be Showyou.
Showyou curates videos shared by your friends and other people who interest you, and puts them all in one convenient place.10