Twitter takes Periscope direct into its stream and now the whole world can – instantly and without additional steps – watch refrigerator contents.
That’s right, Periscope fans, no more clicking from a Twitter card into the Periscope feed. You’ll now see the long list of insightful and useful Periscope live-stream videos right in your Twitter stream as you scroll through it. Well, at least on iOS Twitter streams (Android and web to follow).
“Periscope broadcasts in Twitter timelines offer a new way to experience the world, giving Periscope broadcasters a window to a massive new audience,” explains Periscope CEO and co-founder Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) in a post on a Twitter blog. “We’ve always wanted to make it as easy as possible to watch and broadcast live video. See the world through someone else’s eyes — that’s been our mission since day one. Today, we’re bringing this vision directly into Twitter by making it possible to watch broadcasts without leaving the Twitter app.”
So now, as the Periscope blog offers as an example of the exciting videos one can watch directly in one’s Twitter feed, the Twitterverse can watch an video of a bridge. Sure, it’s the Golden Gate Bridge and you’ve probably never before seen a photo or video of the Golden Gate Bridge and now you can! Exciting, no? Bridge videos are special.
Periscope broadcasts now come alive within Twitter https://t.co/R346R1lgZb
— Periscope (@periscopeco) January 12, 2016
For the dramatically unhip, Periscope is Twitter’s contribution to the live-stream video toy box which was a blazing hot new indulgence on the social spaces, oh, months ago. With live-stream videos the cool kids can show the world what they are doing at any given moment and inspire us all. Periscope boasts of 100 million posted videos.
Live-stream videos are exactly as the name suggests: videos which play live online as they are shot. As opposed to, say, recorded and played back later when a viewer might want to see them like on YouTube. Of course not to be outdone, YouTube has its own live-stream function and Facebook jumped into the live-stream party in December. Snapchat is all about the videos these days.
Live-streaming is not without its perils. One needs connection to an adequate broadband source and plenty of battery life in one’s smartphone. And, well, Twitter admitted in August it has to take down many Periscope live-stream videos because they display copyrighted events. Oops.
But in the meantime, the Twitterati will be able to watch more easily – right in the Twitter feed – Florida radio shock-jock Bubba the Love Sponge on his go-cart night out or a live-stream of kangaroos in an Australian backyard – well, mostly, trees and grass in an Australian backyard.
Oh boy, this is gonna be great!