vTap launches recommended video feeds

vTap, the video search tool, has gotten some handy additions this morning, including a new feed feature which lets you create your own video feeds based on taste and interests.

vTap, one of my personal favorites for video search, has a new feature that I think video junkies will find immensely useful. It's a new recommendation service that will pull in videos related to whatever keywords you give it, and maintain them in a simple feed that's updated constantly. As a user you can keep tabs on new videos that pop-up on the feed either through vTap's site, on your mobile phone, or social networks such as Facebook and MySpace.

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Search terms can now be added to your feed as keywords. You'll get matching items added to your feed as they are published. CNET Networks

Best of all is that adding keywords to your feed is natural. Since the service revolves around search, you can simply add the query or any of the results to your feed list with one click. It also pulls in videos from people you might be tracking on user generated video networks such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Veoh.

The easiest way to build a feed very quickly is the Facebook application. There's absolutely zero work required since all the data of what you're into is already in your profile. It grabs books, movies, TV shows, and music and turn them into video keywords that can be toggled on and off. If your friends have the application installed they'll be able to see and adopt your interests as well, making the experience a little more viral.

The MySpace implementation is a little more flashy, and shows what your friends are into by approaching each of their related video tastes like a filmstrip that you can browse in a two-paned viewer. The application uses the OpenSocial architecture as well, meaning that eventually you'll get the added benefit of data portability from your friends on other services.

Another service that's been experimenting with video feed recommendations is Meefedia, which Harrison checked out earlier this month. There's also FaveBot (review), which tacks on blog posts, podcasts, music files, and all sorts of other Web media. Of course the difficulty in any of these is finding the time and a good place to absorb and manage the content, which is what I think vTap has done well with its two prong attack of desktop and mobile clients.

About the author

Josh Lowensohn joined CNET in 2006 and now covers Apple. Before that, Josh wrote about everything from new Web start-ups, to remote-controlled robots that watch your house. Prior to joining CNET, Josh covered breaking video game news, as well as reviewing game software. His current console favorite is the Xbox 360.

 

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