A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty. A music and tech junkie who calls Nashville home, Brad is the Director TNW Academy. You can follow him on Twitter @BradMcCarty.
There’s no shortage of ways to send video messages and communicate with others around the Internet, but a new app called Minit could be one of my favorites yet. As the team says, it’s “100% video. No filters. No text. No photos. No bull.” That’s a pretty accurate representation of what the team has done with an app that’s still in its early stages.
Built by a team out of Israel, Minit is aiming to be its own network. Somewhat like Viddy, it’s broken down by a feed of people to whom you subscribe, but also has a Featured list of videos. Though, unlike Viddy, the focus is more on communication rather than sharing things that you capture in some artistic fashion.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is that Minit is stuck in landscape mode. While I’m not sure that I agree with this decision, it does make for easy navigation and a wide frame for content. Though it would be nice to be able to share and browse in portrait orientation as well.
From the top, you have your record & share option, then the My Feed/Featured list, next is a Messages function, and then your Activity Stream. The final option is for your profile, where you can invite others, search for friends and set up your preferences. I’ll mention that my connection to Facebook worked fine, but connecting to Twitter didn’t. However, since I’m using iOS 6, it’s a minor miracle that the app works at all, so I can’t blame that on Minit, but rather I’ll chalk it up to using a beta OS.
Understandably, since the app is so new, there aren’t a lot of people using it just yet. But there’s a lot of promise with the app. I think that people will find unique ways to use it, but the initial focus on simply talking with friends is strong. The app’s name is a nod to the fact that all videos are confined to 60 seconds, which should help make sure that you’re not blowing through your monthly data plan.
Minit is free, and you can download it now. Signed up? Connect with other TNW users via the comments below and let’s chat about your thoughts.
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