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Keek is just one of many startups looking to become the Twitter of video status updates. But it might be the best financed: Keek announced that it has raised $5.5 million in a financing round led by AlphaNorth Asset Management and Plazacorp Ventures.
Another day, another short video messaging service. The latest to enter the fray is Keek, which allows you to share “microvideo status updates” with friends and followers, either through the Keek website or through Android or iOS mobile apps.
Twitvid has raised a Series B of $6.5 million and plans to use the money to hire more people and build out its infrastructure. The company has managed to stick around while others gave up. But can it compete with a likely video play from Twitter?
New York City-based Q&A site VYou has gone mobile, enabling users to respond to messages from wherever they are with an iPhone app. It has also added status updates to its communication options, which could put it in closer competition with mobile messaging services like Tout.
The latest mobile video sharing app, called Klip, aims to separate itself from the crowd with high-speed adaptive bit-rate technology enabling users to scroll through videos and a new tagging system that lets them set categories to keep track of when new videos are uploaded.
When the premiere episode of this season’s Survivor begins airing tonight on CBS, host Jeff Probst will not only be tweeting during the show, but he will also be answering viewer questions on short video messaging service Tout during commercial breaks.
Social video service Tout is taking a big step to broadening usage, with new capabilities that will allow users to share moments with friends even if they don’t have its iPhone app. It’s also improved communications between users, with the ability to reply to friends’ videos.
Many white-collar workers end up sending slight variations on the same email over and over again. Web application startup Tout has announced a new integration with LinkedIn that could be a major boon to a number of potential power users in fields like sales and PR.
Justin.tv’s Socialcam has notched a million downloads on the Apple App Store. But it isn’t stopping there — recent releases are aimed at making it easier for users to login, find friends within the app and share videos to even more possible distribution points.