From text updates with Twitter to image updates with Instagram, there's only one logical thing to follow: video status updates.
The mobile computing world has seen an explosion of these apps that let you record and share short videos. Similar to Twitter and Instagram, social video apps let you follow other users and develop your own following, so that every time you check your feed you'll see the latest video updates from all your friends. Some apps let you re-post videos that you like, making microvideo apps a great platform for spreading viral videos. Check out these reviews to find the right social video app for you.
It's free to sign up with Keek -you can do so by logging on to the Keek website or by downloading the app directly to your phone. Keek's developers believe that 36 seconds is the magic number when it comes to microvideo - just long enough to get your point across while keeping fellow Keekers' attention.
Judging by Keek's top users, this microvideo app is used mostly by young people looking to boost their internet popularity. Keek seems to encourage the idea of internet stardom, given its 'Top 100 users' browsing option and subscription pleas from top Keekers.
Tout's microvideo time constraint is even shorter than Keek's - the maximum recording time is just 15 seconds. Tout encourages integration with your other social media accounts by prompting you to 'find friends' when you initially log in. In addition, Tout lets you instantly share your video updates to Facebook and Twitter once you link your accounts.
Another nice feature of Tout is the video queue. After you finish recording a video, its sent to your Tout queue so that you can choose when to upload it. This gives you the option of waiting to upload your Tout once you have wifi access to shorten upload times, and limit your data usage.
Like Tout, Klip also encourages you to find friends by linking up your other social media accounts. Klip even lets you sign in using your Twitter of Facebook information. Klip has cool recording features such as a zoom function, and a unique filter option that let's you highlight one part of your video with a color while keeping the rest black and white.
Playback is a breeze with Klip. The app detects your internet connection, and adjusts playback quality accordingly to avoid streaming hiccups.
Like Klip and Tout, Socialcam also lets you login using your Facebook or Twitter accounts, and lets you find friends that way. Called "the most talked-about video app" by the New York Times, Socialcam combines a clean user interface with great social media integration. Klip has just enough filters to entertain without overwhelming, and also lets you record for any amount of time you choose. Just remember to lay off the filters for your longer videos to avoid long upload times.
If simplicity is what you're after, Vloggo is the microvideo app for you. The only choice you'll be faced with when starting your vlog is whether to turn the flash on or off. In addition, Vloggo lets you log in however you want with support for Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and Wordpress accounts. Vloggo also has the potential to make your videos viral with the Re-vlog feature. Any time a user likes a video, she can re-vlog it so that it show up in all of her followers' streams.
Given Vloggo's simplicity, and the fact that you can access Vloggo with any of your other online accounts, this app is great for everyday use.
Of all the microvideo apps reviewed here, Viddy is the most like Instagram. Viddy's strength lies in its wide array of video and audio effects, complete with a production pack marketplace where you can download or purchase additional filters. Viddy is a great app for video nerds, in that it gives you more recording control than other apps. Adjust the aperture
, white balance, and lock the focus to create videos that go way beyond your average mobile video. With all these production options, you'll have a hard time putting Viddy down.