Video-based communication startup Tinychat is attracting a lot of interest of late, not just from professional investors but also from celebrities from around the world.
The company just raised a $1.5 million round of financing from Ashton Kutcher, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Madonna manager Guy Oseary, among others, and hot artists like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars have embedded Tinychat functionality deeply into their official websites.
Now any website owner can get Tinychat’s robust group video chat features onto their own pages, as the startup has just debuted an easy way for publishers to create and integrate a custom toolbar.
Similar to the Meebo Bar, the Insite Bar, Wibiya and the Conduit toolbar, Tinychat offers a simple solution for publisher that want to add group video discussions, chat and social sharing functionality to their sites without too much hassle.
You can see a demo of the bar in action at the bottom of PetitionSpot.com.
Tinychat says its growth is still accelerating, and that traffic is up 700 percent year-over-year. The company logs some 30 million minutes of usage on a daily basis, from a little over 8 million users today (up from 1 million in August 2010).