A student creates a video sharing application with a limited display system ShuutMe
Over the course of six months, Ryan Trihernawan spent more than 1,000 hours sitting at his computer, eyes straining, fingers aching from typing incessant lines of code. He said he hoped that one day the letters and numbers would line up perfectly to form the project he had imagined.
The result: ShuutMe, a video-sharing app with a little something extra.
When the app was first launched earlier this year, Trihernawan, a third-year computer science student, only made it available to friends and family to test and fix. possible defects. Last week, ShuutMe was released worldwide and can now be purchased from the App Store on iPhone or Android. So far, the app has more than 100 users, but Trihernawan hopes that it will eventually become a search engine to find videos with the limited views system.
From the start, Trihernawan said he wanted to bring something new, something that couldn’t be found elsewhere in the App Store. Instead of displaying an increasing view counter like on YouTube, ShuutMe uses one that does the opposite.
ShuutMe allows the user to take a video of up to 21 seconds with the built-in video recorder and publish it for all other users to see. At first, the video can only gain 10 views before disappearing. Then the creator has the choice of reposting the video, this time with a decreasing view count of 100, or deleting it. Each time the video is reissued, the number of views needed to make it disappear is multiplied by 10.
“The idea behind it is that by limiting the number of people watching the video, you make the video more exclusive,” Trihernawan said. “You design rarity in order to make people watch your videos more.”
The initial inspiration for ShuutMe came from the film industry, Trihernawan said.
“Most movies, when they come out, only appear in certain theaters, which makes their fans more likely to watch the movie first,” Trihernawan said. “I applied the same principle to my candidacy. Every video on ShuutMe will have a chance to be popular and people will have to fight to be the first 10 to see it.
For programming the app, Trihernawan said he consulted Paul Eggert, a teacher in the computer science department.
“I advised him on the options to take,” Eggert said. “I was impressed that Ryan was interested enough to do something like this on his own.”
However, the concept for ShuutMe’s aesthetic came from Trihernawan’s mother, who suggested a design that both stood out from the crowd and targeted a different market than other video-sharing competitors.
“The ‘me’ part of ShuutMe is important because with YouTube they focus on viewers who are ‘you’, whereas my app focuses on creators,” Trihernawan said. “So on the homepage I chose to have camera icons scattered about, an idea that came from my mother.”
So far, Trihernawan said they have received positive feedback on the app’s look and feel. Justine Bateman, a third-year computer science and digital media management student and friend of Trihernawan, said the app left her with a great first impression.
“I love his end goal of exclusivity, especially in a time when everyone is so hungry for views and followers,” Bateman said. “It also appeals to people’s sense of play, because you want to get to it before all the views are exhausted.”
Another goal for Trihernawan was to avoid integrating a commenting system, which he says is a point of contention currently surrounding video-sharing apps. He said he achieved this by excluding her completely.
“I’m not a fan of the comments and likes system,” Trihernawan said. “On YouTube, people talk badly about others and make fun of them.”
Instead, Trihernawan said he hopes the speed at which each video reaches its allotted number of views will give users enough feedback to know if their creation has been well received.
Additionally, through ShuutMe, Trihernawan aims to foster a burgeoning start-up culture at UCLA. Despite the existence of organizations such as Startup UCLA, Trihernawan said he believes more can be done.
“Most people here are just building apps and websites for fun. They’re not trying to promote it to other people and make it a startup,” Trihernawan said. “We we need to have more people trying to build start-ups at UCLA if we want to compete with other schools like Stanford and Berkeley.”
Although Trihernawan said he has these goals in mind, he insists that for him, ShuutMe is about proving to himself that he can build the app he set out to build.
“You don’t create apps for a contest or for money, but for yourself, by yourself,” Trihernawan said. “I wanted my app to be as simple as taking a video of anything you see and sharing it.”