YouTube continues to grow, doubling its subscription rate year after year. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In other words, that is almost 2 hours of video every second! With over 6 billion hours of video being watched each month it becomes apparent that YouTube is stronger than ever. On the developer side we continue to see YouTube as a focal point. This week we will take a look at recent mashups utilizing the YouTube API. Read below for more details.
MvBanana – MvBanana is a radio website that plays music videos along with the corresponding song. However, it takes an interesting approach to video viewing. Users who enter the site aren’t given the option of searching for a song or video. Instead the only option users have is to skip the current video they are watching in hopes of stumbling upon a better one. The idea is that users will come across a song they haven’t heard in a while and then appreciate the video even more. As we all know, an old favorite that comes on the radio brings back a lot of memories. MvBanana wants the video to bring back memories as well. APIs used include Lyricsfly, MusixMatch and YouTube. More at our MvBanana profile.
Psykoo – Psykoo is a service dedicated to those who are more visual. Under the premise that our brains process images much faster then text, Psykoo set out to create a visual search engine experience. Instead of searching a site for information Psykoo actually provides users with a visual preview of the site before they choose to visit it. Underneath the visual preview is a description of the site and its contents. Each search result provides the top few sites related to the search input the same way Google or Yahoo would. APIs used include 500px, Bing, Google Ajax Search, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube. More at our Psykoo profile.