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What is Periscope And what does it do

What is Periscope

What is Periscope

Periscope is an app that lets you share and experience live video streams direct from your smartphone or tablet. It can be used to capture the atmosphere among fans at an important match, to broadcast an unfolding news story or to experience what it’s like to walk down the streets of New York or Dubai.

What is Periscope
What is Periscope

What is Twitter’s new Periscope app

Periscope is Twitter’s new live-streaming video app, not to be confused with the recently launched Meerkat, also a live-streaming app. It allows you to watch and broadcast live video from all across the globe, meaning you could switch from watching a peaceful wander across the beaches of Cornwall to a protest in Egypt.

What is Periscope And what does it do

Periscope is a “live video streaming platform”, which basically means you can transmit a live recording of yourself to your Persicope and Twitter followers. Imagine Skyping someone, but instead of video calling a single person, you’re instead linked up to the whole community. Not only that, whoever’s watching you can comment and ask questions. These show up on your screen whilst broadcasting making it easy to answer and interact.

Features of Periscope

  1. Live streaming: The premise of the app is that it allows you to live stream video, direct from your phone or tablet.

  2. Interactive viewing experience: Aside from just watching video streams, Periscope allows for real time interaction. Viewers can “heart” the streams they like and can interact with the person streaming the video through the comments/chat function.

  3. Map View: You can explore the videos being broadcast in different parts of the world through the interactive map feature. This allows you to search for videos by location and find streams of particular events taking place.

  4. Replays: Videos broadcast on Periscope are saved, automatically, and can be replayed for up 24 hours after the initial broadcast.

  5. Download video stream: After finishing your Periscope broadcast, it’s possible to save your video stream to your camera roll so that you have a record of the video once it expires.

  6. Twitter integration: As Periscope is now owned by Twitter, it’s no surprise that the app is well integrated with Twitter. It allows you to connect easily with your Twitter followers and to notify Twitter followers of your Periscope broadcasts.

  7. Ephemeral: As with Snapchat, content posted on Periscope is available only for a limited time before it disappears. Unless you change the settings, streams are available for a maximum of 24 hours before they disappear.

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