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This article was published on May 3, 2013


Fullscreen BEAM: The first YouTube app for Google Glass comes with public or private sharing

Fullscreen BEAM: The first YouTube app for Google Glass comes with public or private sharing
Matthew Panzarino
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Matthew Panzarino

Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter. Matthew Panzarino was Managing Editor at TNW. He's no longer with the company, but you can follow him on Twitter.

I picked up my Google Glass this week, and one of my first instincts was to share one of the cool POV videos out to YouTube and blast a tweet to my followers. I’m not always the most ‘on it’ when it comes to ‘leveraging trends’ and whatnot, but I think that Glass is interesting and I figured some other folks do as well.

But I couldn’t, because Glass doesn’t ship with YouTube support. Instead, you have to share stuff to Google+ and, for better or worse, I don’t really use it. Not only are my followers not used to seeing me post stuff there, you still can’t reliably cross-share to Twitter from it.

This is the share screen you see in your eyehole

But I knew it wouldn’t be much time before an option arrived, and now it has. Independent YouTube network Fullscreen has created a YouTube app called BEAM for Google Glass that works as a Sharing Contact. You add the contact and turn it on, and Fullscreen lets you choose whether to upload the videos to your signed-in Google account privately and whether you’d like to Tweet a link when you’re done.

I tried it out and it worked like a charm. The video description notes when you uploaded it and that it was shot with Glass. Currently there’s no way to tweak any sharing options on Glass so you get a timestamped title but overall it’s the smoothest, easiest way to share videos publicly but not through Google+ from Google Glass.

Fullscreen’s Head of Tech Solutions Drew Baumann is responsible for the app, which he says he made with Ruby on Rails. There’s a Mirror API gem for Ruby developers who would like to use the API as well, created by Baumann and Monica Wilkinson.

There are a few utility apps starting to pop up around Google Glass including Glass Tweet, which works in a similar way.

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