Social TV

In October last year I was watching an episode of Heroes while following the hashtag #heroes in TweetDeck, and I pondered: Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a column on the edge of the screen displaying tweets with #heroes.

I felt so giddy about this idea that I had to pause the show and make the following video about it.

To make things super-clear, there would be the options of having a chat and/or hashtag search on the right edge of the screen during the live broadcast AND the ability to watch that pre-recorded chat (or turn it off) if you recorded the episode.
Else, you could have a live chat appear when you’re watching the recorded episode because, chances are, a lot of people recorded in on DVRs and are watching it a day or so after it aired.

The idea of having television/web shows with Viddler-style timed-comments on the timeline isn’t as far fetched as you may think. Wine Library TV is on Hulu and many other video hosting websites, yet the Viddler player is embeded on because it’s customisable to look like the WLTV blog as well as having tags/links to the wines mentioned in the show.

I began thinking about this again today because of C.C. Chapman’s video about the Facebook Connect feature on CNN’s coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

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