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What's it about?
RAVE - WATCH TOGETHER is a video co-watching experience for groups of people. New users must log on with either a Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. There's no way to edit the name, location, and photo once connected. Users can choose to co-watch with friends or join a watching party with strangers. If they choose to create their own Rave, they have a number of streaming options for video, such as YouTube, Reddit, Vimeo, Tubi, and Google Drive. Users who initiated the Rave must have an active account on the service and be willing to connect it with the app. They then set a privacy level: public (default), friends only, and invite only. The video plays on all the devices simultaneously and users can chat along. There's also the option for voice chat, as well as sing-alongs.
Is it any good?
With privacy concerns as well as a clunky interface, it's hard to recommend this video co-watching solution. Rave - Watch Together is designed to meet a definite need. People want to be able to connect and share experiences with those who can't be in the same room. The flaw is that it tries to be too many things to too many people. While some users may love the social aspect of it and the ability to connect with new people, others may prefer a more anonymous experience or want to connect only with specific friends and family. Forcing people to log in with a real account and possibly use their real name, image, and location is a turnoff for the latter group. Likewise, the app's habit of making all Raves public by default is a major annoyance, especially since the experience isn't easy to navigate. In addition, there's no way to filter and/or exclude the list of public Raves on the main screen. The search option for friends within the app is also glitchy and cumbersome. If there's a glimmer of hope, it's that streaming video went flawlessly during testing and was perfectly synched across multiple devices on different platforms. It's unfortunate that this basic feature, which should be the primary feature, is lost in all of the bells and whistles. Rave - Watch Together is free, so it's easy enough to test for yourself, but the lack of privacy and the challenging navigation make this a poor choice for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about rules around Rave - Watch Together and social media in general. What are your family rules and expectations around signing up for social media accounts?
Talk about engaging with others on social media. What is acceptable information to share? Language to use? What should you do if someone else is saying or doing things that make you uncomfortable?
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