Watch Videos With an Online Friend In Real Time

by on March 16th, 2009


There’s an updated version of the Zync plug-in that now supports sharing videos from Yahoo! Video, Flickr, and YouTube in Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.

Zync plug-in lets you watch an online video together with a friend right in the IM window. While Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 has the ability to view online videos within the IM conversation window, the Zync plug-in takes it a step further by allowing you and your friend to watch the video in perfect sync.

When you paste a video link from Yahoo! Video, YouTube or Flickr into an IM, the video player appears in the conversation window. Below the player is a button that says “Watch With Me”. Click it and your friend will be asked to load the Zync plug-in.

One you both have the plug-in loaded, a side panel will appear on your IM window with the video in it. From there, you can start, pause or close the video and your friend will have the same experience. Similarly, your friend can control the video from their side. You can even go full-screen with the video. Zync is great when you want to discuss a video while you both watch it.