The Silicon Valley Tech Crowd Is In Love With This Video-Sharing Startup

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If chatter in San Francisco throughout the past two weeks is any indicator, the tech scene there is in love with Socialcam — a video-sharing application that was spun out of live video streaming company Justin.tv.

In fact, a lot of them are talking about it like an Instagram — a photo-sharing application Facebook bought for more than $1 billion — for video.

Socialcam also just nabbed a big seed round of funding from a laundry list of angel investors that reads like the roster of the Avengers equivalent of Silicon Valley’s Venture investing crowd, TechCrunch reports.

Now it has more than 20 million users after graduating from the most recent class of Y Combinator, a famous tech startup incubator in Silicon Valley, according to TechCrunch.

That’s up from about 10 million users just a few days ago.

Why is everyone excited about it? We gave it a whirl to find out — and it looks like there are plenty of good reasons why.

Bam! Let's get started.

You can connect with Facebook, Twitter or sign up with an email address. We went with Twitter, because it was the quickest.

Right away it will follow some of the people you already follow on Twitter. You can choose to unfollow them.

Here's what the main feed looks like. It's just a stream of videos that you can click to watch.

Your friends show up first in your video feed...

...while trending videos are arranged in a sort of mosaic. You can tap any of the images to play the video.

It takes a few seconds to load, and most videos look like they're under 15 seconds long.

The videos range from crazy stunts to music and nature shots.

You can find friends that you are following on Twitter or connected to on Facebook in the friends tab.

Now let's get to the meat of the app — shooting video. You can swipe left to right to change filters.

One filter makes things a little fuzzy...

...while another looks like you're gazing through dirty glass. There are plenty other filters, too.

Once you shoot your video you can tag friends in it and decide who can watch the video.

You can comment on the videos...

...or share them through a bunch of social networking sites. You can also share the movies via text message.

You can tag friends in the video. You can tag them through Facebook or through your list of friends on Socialcam.

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