Twitter to launch Periscope, a live video streaming app

Periscope is an app that lets you live stream just about anything. In addition, you can add text messages or emoticons to the video being streamed. All you have to do is to press a button to inform your friends that you are about to start broadcasting. In case of Twitter, you tweet asking your followers to join the broadcast. Then you start broadcasting using the built in camera in phone while adding emoticons etc to the feed. Whatever is captured by the rear camera is broadcasted live (with a few minutes delay perhaps) to your followers.

Twitter Launches Periscope

Periscope was already available as beta to iPhone users, but did not have a good base to make it popular. Now that Twitter has partnered up with Periscope, they are expecting a great deal use of the app that would soon be integrated into the Twitter interface. According to the people at Periscope, they call it “visual pulse of what’s happening right now“.

Twitter and Periscope are working together since January 2015 and it will not be late before the feature starts rolling up for Twitter users. According to the blog of Periscope, Twitter brings together people, places, interests and events in an experience that makes you feel conversational and create bonding.

The blog adds that Periscope thinks it can further help the bonding mission by giving people, a way to share and experience the world around them – be it near or on the other side of globe. In short, Twitter is committed to enhance the already existing bonds by providing them with live feed of whatever tweeple wish to share. It could be a simple family thing or a revolution that is happening somewhere. It could be a birthday or a streaming directly from war field.

There is no official word as to when the feature will start rolling out for general Twitter users but it makes clear that people just have to notify their followers via a tweet before broadcasting so that they are ready to view the live broadcast. Once the followers click on the video icon, they can start watching the video being live streamed. Periscope has clarified that people can still watch the video even if they are not following a person (unless blocked) – just by clicking on the video icon in the tweet by the person streaming the video.

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