YouTube adds Active Sharing feature to videos

See what other people are doing on YouTube with Active Sharing, a new feature that shows who is looking at what in real time.

The names of any other YouTube users who are watching show up next to the video clip. CNET Networks

YouTube has added a new feature to its TestTube section as of last night, called Active Sharing. With this feature enabled, YouTube will keep track of videos you watch, for both archiving and real-time interaction with other users. If you're watching a video with other Active Sharing-enabled users, you'll be able to see their names with a little green dot next to it to signify they're watching too. Clicking on someone's profile name will show you the last five shows they've watched using the service.

Active Sharing joins the other TestTube projects, Audio Swap [hands-on] and Streams, the latter of which is a souped-up version of this new sharing feature, allowing users to actually chat and interact with each other while viewing videos at the same time. I'd wager to bet Active Sharing is the groundwork for an integrated social bookmarking service being built within YouTube to extend some of these new community features, placing more emphasis on what users are doing at any given time, in a similar fashion to what's been going on over at Digg with some of their visualization projects.

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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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