Showyou -- free video aggregator app wins top award from Apple

I recently finished an article for the next issue of iPhone Life (on newsstands in February) about video aggregator apps. These are a lot of fun, in that they collect videos from your social networks and other favorite news or web sources and present them in a Flipboard-like fashion. I've written about Plizy in the past, and in my article I also highlighted Showyou. These two are my favorites, and both are free. Apple has now selected Showyou as the best app for the iPad in the Social Networking category for 2011. (Note that it's also available for the iPhone.)

Showyou is similar to Plizy, but instead of showing channels on the main screen, it presents a grid of the videos themselves. And the grid is intelligently organized, with the upper left being reserved for the latest videos posted by your friends in Facebook or by people you’re following on Twitter. You can also have your grid aggregate content from your other social networks/video sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, and VodPod. As you scroll the screen down and to the right, you get related videos from other ShowYou users — helping you identify new people to follow who have related interests.

But this personalized grid is just one of many. Showyou offers up dozens of popular grids of specialized content that you can follow, such as National Geographic, College Humor, The Daily Show, Apple, ForaTV, and many more. Other features include Watch Later, which lets you add videos to a list for later viewing, the ability to add comments and share clips, and the option to boost a video’s popularity by tapping the like icon.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.