In an age when live-tweeting award shows and series finales is now the norm, second screen applications like Zeebox are doing their level best to keep you connected to the conversation. Austin-based startup TweetTV has been playing the social television game since 2009, but its new, multi-platform Web-app looks to have people sharing their favorite shows from all the connected devices they own.
TweetTV is a real-time social TV guide, giving you up-to-the-moment listing for what’s on television and what’s popular. The site tracks Twitter’s users tweets using keywords that correspond to the shows they watch (Think #familyguy) as well as the most influential users and tweets.
The site endeavors to add to the experience by making it easier to discover new content and share with friends and strangers in a way that isn’t tweeting into the ether. Users can drill deeper into the shows they care about, follow tweets about certain episodes or events, or even engage in video chats about what happened on Catfish last night. And, since the app is built in HTML 5, users can access the site from anywhere and not have to worry about downloading an app. The interface is especially nice on a hybrid Windows 8 laptop as it lends itself to touch interaction well.
TweetTV is still a young startup, having only gone public in November 2011. However, the company managed to raise $750,000 in seed funding last year, and is hoping to push its way through the crowded second screen space into your living room.