Twitter launches Periscope
Twitter acquired the company in January, stating that it would “complement their Twitter platform perfectly”.
The team that built Periscope said “Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation”.
Followers are instantly notified at the press of a button when a broadcast is live, and can send messages to broadcasters or express their love by tapping the screen to send hearts. Whether a political event or family celebration is the focus, Periscope gives the audience a chance to share an experience.
Periscope comes not long after the launch of Meerkat, a live video streaming app that uses Twitter’s platform to broadcast live to followers. As both apps are extremely similar, the deciding factor for people between both apps may be which one allows the user to connect with the people they care about more effectively.
Recode think that in the long run Periscope has an advantage, because you can easily follow anyone in Periscope you also follow on Twitter, as those people will automatically show up in your “people” tab. However on Meerkat, Twitter cut off access to its social graph a few weeks back — a strategic move that makes it harder to find friends within the app.
Read more about Periscope and Meerkat.