Frequency is a video aggregating service that gathers clips from popular sites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. The user can explore a variety of videos or start their own channel. Users can search for videos by keyword or title or try the Frequency guide. The guide gives users a list of channels (which are essentially categories). Channel options range from topics like arts, animations, fashion and food to how tos, business, gaming, health, movies and many others. The user can toggle views between cannels, topics and people to refine the list of videos presented by the guide. A handful of icons give the user access to videos on specific websites, such as the BBC or CBS News sites as well as Facebook, Twitter and Frequency’s top 25 list.Show more screenshots »
Frequency was founded in September of 2009. The application offers a handy service to users who enjoy videos across multiple websites. Overall, Frequency has gone mostly unnoticed. This could be due to the fact that much of its service is redundant compared to what video websites tend to offer individually. Sites like YouTube already house a wide range of videos and let users favorite them, essentially creating their own channel. Some users may not feel the need to create a second account to do this (unless, of course, they also often watch videos on other sites supported by Frequency).
Frequency isn’t another YouTube because the site doesn’t give users a place to upload and share videos Instead it offers a place to bring together the user’s favorite videos from various online sources. Users can add video clips from YouTube, BBC, CBS News, Facebook and other locations. Users can also discover videos from third party websites through Frequency by browsing the homepage, top 25 list and source-specific lists.
Frequency shines in the area of design and layout. The application gives users a nice, clutter-free space to explore videos. There are a number of videos to browse, but Frequency avoids shoving them in the user’s face like some sites tend to do. Rather than post a plain thumbnail, Frequency stylizes the image with a faded rectangular frame that includes the location, when it was posted and a short description on top of the image. Frequency favors a user friendly design that never crowds or overwhelms.
New users can join the Frequency community by clicking the blue “Sign Up” button at the top, center of the homepage. A second button is available to the right for users who prefer to sign up with a Facebook account. The form on the following page asks for an email address, display name, username, password and Captcha code entry. After checking the terms and conditions box at the bottom of the form and submitting it, the user is automatically logged in.
Frequency invites anyone to try its service for free. There are no subscription fees and the user doesn’t have to pay anything to build channels and explore videos. This is as it should be, considering the free sources Frequency uses to obtain its video clips. The application offers a convenient way to save and sort video clips, but does not provide any features that would justify a subscription or other fee.
Frequency is best suited to users who watch online videos across multiple websites regularly. Users can create channels and explore video clips on popular third party sites. Users who only visit one website or rarely watch internet videos will most likely find nothing of value or interest on Frequency. Its video search might give the user a way to find a video quickly, but that same feature is available on just about every other video website and basic search engine.