Tumblr launches a video chat app for watching #youtube with friends


Tumblr is getting into video chatting today with a new app called Cabana. The app lets up to six people video chat at the same time, but with a twist: Cabana isn’t about just getting together to talk, it’s about getting together to watch YouTube videos.

After joining a Cabana chat, anyone in the room will be able to browse through YouTube and select a video. It’ll start playing for everyone in the room, and the idea is that you’ll all be able to watch it together, enjoying each others’ silence or chatting over the entire thing.

“When I saw [the app for the first time], I said, ‘Shit, I can’t believe you actually can’t do this yet,’” says Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp. “Yeah, you can hang out with your buddies in a group chat, yeah…

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