Chatting with Other Users Via Streams
Another way to participate in the YouTube community is to chat with other viewers in real-time, using YouTube's new Streams feature. Streams lets you watch a video with a group of other users, and chat with those users while you're watching.
The main Streams page, shown in Figure 12.22, lists the currently active Streams. To join a Stream, simply click the Stream name. Alternatively, you can start a new Stream by clicking the Create Your Own Stream link.
Figure 12.22 Viewing YouTube Streams.
When you join a Stream, you see a page like the one shown in Figure 12.23. The currently playing video is shown in the main video player window; the other users in the Stream are listed to the right of the video; chat comments are listed even farther right; and the playlist of videos in the Stream is displayed above all. Enter your chat messages in the message box on the bottom right; press the Enter button to post your message. It's a fun way to watch videos as a group!
Figure 12.23 Chatting about videos in a YouTube Stream.