Everybody Goes Live : Twitter Adds Live Video Streaming On Its App


As other Social Networks add the Live streaming feature Twitter doesn't want to be left out as it wants to make live broadcasting on the app easier by incorporating the Periscope software directly into its own apps.

Periscope was one of the first Twitter platforms to allow users to create live broadcasts, and was since followed by Facebook Live and more recently Instagram’s Stories. Periscope was not designed by Twitter; instead the network bought the standalone app and incorporated its technology and team members within its own.

Periscope has always been slightly cumbersome to use as it requires separate logins and the extra app uses up storage. Now it is possible to live stream directly through Twitter which should give a more seamless experience .

According to Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope  , the move was to make it easier for people to broadcast video. “Twitter's already the place where people go to see what's happening. With this update, anyone can now broadcast what's happening live.”

We're making it easier for you to share what's happening in your world. Now you can#GoLive on Twitter!https://t.co/frWuHaPTFJpic.twitter.com/Xpfpk1zWJV

— Twitter (@twitter) December 14, 2016

Live broadcasts on Twitter can be retweeted, liked and shared anywhere so other people can see the video, similar to Facebook Live.

How to #GoLive on Twitter

The live streaming update will be rolling out on Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android "over the coming days".

Once you receive the update, you can create and Tweet live video from the Twitter app which the company says is "powered by Periscope".

To go live, write a Tweet, tap “LIVE” to go a pre-broadcast screen where you can frame your shot.

When ready, press “Go Live” to start broadcasting. Once you’re live, anyone on Twitter and Periscope can join your live video and when watching a live video, you can comment and send hearts by tapping the screen. Hearts act as likes.

Now that live streaming is available directly through Twitter’s apps on iOS and Android it will be interesting to see how Periscope is affected by this. Twitter reportedly canned Vine earlier this year in a series of cuts that also saw the platform make nine per cent of its global workforce redundant.

A nice improvement from twitter I must say

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