Texas is home to the famed 2-step. We’ve got the 3-step, and it goes like this:
1. You see a video on a site like YouTube, Google video, MySpace, or Metacafe and think: “I want my friends to see this.”
2. You click our “I’m Watching” button on your browser, and if you want, tell people you laughed out loud, loved it, or just watched the video.
3. It goes into your pod with that click, and your friends will see that you’ve seen it.
No hokey-pokey, that.
You can get set up to do our vod:pod three-step in seconds. Just start a pod (about 30 seconds if you’re a slow typist), put the “I’m Watching” button on your browser (literally 5 seconds or less on Firefox and Safari), and invite your friends to your Pod.
With this simple combination, your browsing serendipity is your friends’ viewing pleasure (we’re assuming you have good taste, at least in the eyes of those who know you). You watch, you click if like it, and it’s in your Pod. And your friends know about it if they know about your Pod. Oh, and if you only want your friends to see, you can make your Pod private. Then only those you invite will be able to get in.
For extra credit, you can also let them know through your blog with our nifty widgets. Videos that you put in your Pod simultaneously show up on your blog widget, for your friends to watch there. Automagically.
Those of you in the really advanced class can point your friends to the RSS feed for your Pod. They’ll see whenever you’ve add a video to your Pod through their feedreaders.
We’ll have more ways to use your Pod to tell your friends what you’re watching in the coming weeks. Let us know what you’d like to see.