Twitter Has Launched Periscope App For Live Streaming Your Videos
Twitter has been in the news lately, first for its policy changes regarding revenge porn and now for a newly released app called Periscope. It will let users broadcast live videos they capture from their smartphones.
The app was created by a company of the same name, that was acquired by Twitter a few months back. According to some leaked figures, the deal was settled for over $100 million. Periscope will go head-to-head with rival Meerkat.
Here’s what the app’s official blurb says:
“Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. If you want to broadcast to specific people, press the lock icon before going live and choose who you want to invite to your broadcast.”
As soon as the broadcast is over, it can be available to replay for the next 24 hours and can also be saved on your smartphone. You can also share a link along with the video, that will allow viewers to watch the video on Twitter as well as the app itself.
The app was made available early to some Silicon Valley personalities, Twitter staff and more. Some of its most watched broadcasters include David Blaine, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, actress Felicia Day and author Tim Ferriss. Popularity is based on how many hearts the broadcaster receives.
For now, the app is only available on iOS. If you are an Android user, don’t be disappointed as Periscope will hit the platform soon.
What makes this app better than Meerkat in my opinion, is the ability to save your videos. But I think it wouldn’t be long before Meerkat also gets this feature.
You use Twitter to sign-in the app and as you do, you are presented with a list of live streams. There will also be a list of recent streams but not all can be played. That’s because the user has the option to stop playbacks with just a tap.
The app looks amazing and I have already downloaded it for myself. If you wish to do the same, head over to the App Store.