March 20, 2007

Zync, a research prototype from Yahoo! Research Berkeley, is a plug-in for Yahoo! Messenger. Zync allows you to watch videos together with your friends, in sync and in real time. Instead of just IMing URLs and waiting for your friends to watch, Zync allows you to converse about a video (pausing, jumping back, and watching together with a friend). Both videos stay in sync.

To use Zync, load up the plugin and type a message to your friend like:

watch http://youtube.com/watch?v=tScm-eZInBE

Both players (yours and your friend's) will load the video and play, pause, and rewind together, in sync. Zync works with most all Yahoo!, YouTube, and Google videos.

Zync Screenshot:



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