review of tout: it’s twitter for youtube

ToutWith Shaq’s recent announcement that he is retiring coming via the new social networking technology Tout, I thought I’d sign up (Tout: XKV8R) and give it a try.

Here’s my brief review.

Tout is Twitter for YouTube. You take a YouTube video, clip it (read: crop it) down to 15 seconds (which must be the Tout equivalent of Twitter’s 140 characters), tag it with some keywords, and you’re done. You can then share your Tout to Twitter and Facebook. The result is a Tout page with an aggregate of 15-second clips of YouTube videos you like (which may very well be uploads to your own YouTube channel), along with the Touts of those you follow.

I found it:

  • Very easy to sign up
  • Very quick to edit your account info (bio, email, location, etc.) and add background and icon pictures (note to Mac users: use Safari – Firefox is buggy with icon pic)
  • VERY intuitive (read: no directions needed). Just paste in a YouTube URL, clip it, add some tags, and share.
  • Excellent integration to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
  • Click on the YouTube logo to browse to the full length YouTube videos you want to watch

This will be a solid tool for aggregating your favorite YouTube clips and those of your friends. If you like browsing YouTube and you are on Twitter (especially if you have ever uploaded videos to YouTube), you should check out Tout!

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