Liz Gannes

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SceneChat Breaks Out Conversations About Videos

SceneChat today launches the beta version of a publisher plugin to create comment threads around embedded videos.

The product enables private and public conversations that are separate from the main comment thread associated with a video (say, on YouTube). The comments show up in an overlaid sidebar on a site that has SceneChat installed, and can be time-stamped to a particular moment in a video and linked up with Facebook comments. Users who share a SceneChat “conversational URL” can hook their friends directly into their comment threads.

I’m not sure how many people actually need these tools — SceneChat says they are intended for “video-centric publishers seeking to increase engagement on their own sites” — but it’s interesting from a social app perspective to see people play around with splitting out topical conversations in more narrow communities. After all, conversations become more relevant when they’re with people you care about.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik