Twitter has launched the ability to create live videos via its Android and iOS apps with the help of Periscope. Just like Facebook, Twitter will also allow users to live stream video through the platform via a single tweet.
The latest updates of Android and iOS bring this feature to Twitter, and it is already accessible in India. For this to work, the user must have Periscope installed on their smartphone. By clicking on the Tweet button, the user will now see three new options for adding media content via the camera. By pressing the Camera button, you now get the option to add photo, video, and start a live video. At this point, if you haven’t downloaded Periscope, Twitter will prompt you to do so. After signing up on Periscope, head back to Twitter to use the ‘Live Video’ feature.
Once you click on Live Video, you are directed to Periscope to start the live video, but it is also live streamed simultaneously on Twitter as well. The tweet reads by default ‘live on #Periscope’, and all the users on your timeline can watch it. You can stop the broadcast and even save the video on to your phone if you prefer.
“We started Periscope because we wanted to give people the superpower to share live video with an audience. Bringing this capability directly into the Twitter app is an important step because it brings that superpower to the hundreds of millions of people who use Twitter. Twitter’s already the place where people go to see what’s happening. With this update, anyone can now broadcast what’s happening live,” said Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope in a statement.
Facebook was the first social giant to introduce the live video feature on its app, and Twitter has followed suit. It remains to be seen whether users will adopt this feature as wholeheartedly as they did on Facebook.