TapIn.tv App Allows Instant Broadcasts from Smartphones
Screenshot of TapIn.tv for iPhone
Being first with the news is the goal of citizen journalists and social butterflies alike. While being at the right place at the right time is a big part of it, a new app may give video reporters an edge.
Tapin.tv, an app for iPhone, offers the fastest way to live stream. The app and its companion Web site launched today (Aug. 9).
When you see something interesting, open the app on your iPhone, tap record and you're streaming live to the TapIn.tv Web site. A second tap on the Twitter or Facebook button posts a link to your stream, so friends can view your video as it plays on TapIn.tv. Videos are saved to the site to watch at any time.
The purpose of TapIn is to provide unedited and unlimited real-time footage, so you won't find fancy filters, titles or music add-ons like those in other mobile video apps such as Viddy and SocialCam. The creators of TapIn don't require users to login or set up a channel like Ustream. Videos can be posted anonymously, which could lead to some great reporting and some awkward situations for those caught on camera. [The Top 7 Tasteless Online Moments ]
The app is intentionally barebones — tap and record — but TapIn's site offers more than just a home for on-the-street video. A tight integration with Google Maps lets viewers see videos filmed nearby, which could provide different points of view around a single event.
For now, there's a lot missing from the service, such as the ability to watch videos inside the app and an Android version, but both of these extensions are in the works. (TapIn also acknowledges a bug in the app that turns many videos sideways, but a fix is in the works.)
A visit through the videos posted on TapIn revealed nothing more interesting than messy workstations and an exuberant game of fireworks pong, but that could change in an instant — one TapIn user at the right place could kick this simple site into a viral sensation.