Curious to see what’s going on in the world? Want to share your world with others? Both? Check out Hang w/, a brand new social media app from MEDL Mobile that lets people stream and watch live videos between their phones.
Hang w/ can be fun whether you’re the broadcaster or the viewer. Bored with your life? Check in with others who are broadcasting and see what they’re doing. Doing something exciting? Share it with others on Hang w/. You’re never alone when you have Hang w/.
As one of the beta testers, I’ve been using this app since before its launch a few weeks ago so I can tell you how very addictive the app is. I’m warning you, if you try Hang w/ you may quickly start wondering what’s going on in the world of Hang w/. If you’re not on Hang w/, chances are you’re missing out on some fun.
Here’s a video showing you how you can Hang w/:
The possibilities of Hang w/ broadcasts are endless. I’ve watched a chef cooking, a guy broadcasting while he was driving (not recommended though I have a new appreciation for Los Angeles traffic jams now), people mountain biking in the desert, and loads of fun parties. I also got to watch a broadcast from a former NY Mets player who was attending a NY Yankees game.
If someone has a large following (1000+), chances are pretty good that they have interesting broadcasts, but the reverse isn’t necessarily true. The service is still brand-spanking new so not many people have a lot of followers yet. You could be among the first though!
Like other social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, your experience will vary tremendously based on the people you hang with. Some broadcasters are engaging, intriguing, fascinating and funny. Others, well, you can leave their broadcasts quickly if you aren’t interested in what you’re seeing.
Enjoying a fun broadcast? You can share it on Twitter and Facebook.
Broadcasters can archive their six favorite broadcasts which you can watch from their page. You can share these videos on Twitter and Facebook too.
Get Paid with Ads
Hang w/ allows people to broadcast live streaming videos in three-minute segments. Each video will start with a five second ad that you watch while the video is loading. Ads haven’t started appearing yet, they will later though. Now during the five second loading time you’re treated to a humorous message from the folks at Hang w/.
What’s unique about the ads on Hang w/ is that the ad revenues will be shared with broadcasters. That’s right, you could get paid to broadcast videos on Hang w/. Not only does this give you incentive to broadcast your video, it gives celebrities incentive to broadcast their videos as well. The idea of ads is for you to get as many people following you and watching your videos as possible, not just to feed your ego, but to feed your bank account as well.
Getting Started with Hang w/
To get started, download the free app from the iTunes App Store (sorry, Hang w/ isn’t on Android yet but it’s coming soon) and sign up either with your email address or Facebook account. You can link to your Facebook account to see if any of your Facebook friends are on Hang w/.
In the left sidebar, tap Broadcasting Now to get a list of people who are currently on air. Tap on All Channels to show people who are Broadcasting Now, as well as the Most Popular, Featured, the Hang w/ Team, Most Active and New Users.
When you find people whose broadcasts you especially enjoy, you can follow them. If you allow Notifications from Hang w/ you can get a pop-up notification when people you follow start their live broadcasts.
During the broadcast, viewers can chat with the broadcaster and with each other in a chat window, making the experience more personal and fun.
What Else You Need to Know
The videos are only 3 minutes so interesting broadcasts will leave you wanting more. Broadcasters often let you know when they’re signing off but not always.
The video quality is impressive. One broadcaster said he was streaming over 3G (not 4G/LTE) and his video was clear without stuttering or pixelating.
Mind the Cap. If your iPhone isn’t connected to Wi-Fi, you could be using up your monthly data limit fairly quickly unless you’re lucky enough to have an unlimited data plan.
Hang w/ is iPhone/iPad/iPod only for now. Android is coming very soon, according to Rob Shoesmith of MEDL Mobile. There are no immediate plans for web access, though they haven’t ruled out that possibility.
Hang w/ is for users age 17+. You can report inappropriate broadcasts, but since the feeds are live, the developers don’t have completely control over what is being broadcast. This isn’t for kids.
People can broadcast from anywhere in the world, but most of the broadcasts I’ve seen have been from the US and UK.
Broadcasters can see a countdown clock but viewers can’t, so you have no idea when you join a broadcast how long is left till the end. Hang w/ plans to give viewers a countdown clock soon. When a broadcast ends abruptly and the broadcaster doesn’t start a new one right away, well, you begin to realize how very much fun you’ve just been having.
Check out Hang w/ for free, fun broadcasts and to share your fun times with the world.
If you’re on Hang w/ be sure to share your user name with us in the Comments section below so we can follow you. My user name is Carolyn.
Have you joined Hang w/? Would you like to check out what others are doing? What would you broadcast? Let us know in the Comments section below!