FreeOne of the stand out apps of SXSW (South by Southwest) was Meerkat, which lets you live broadcast your camera feed. Twitter wasn’t letting Meerkat broadcasters use their platform at the beginning, and now we know why. Twitter has just released Periscope, which by coincidence is a live broadcasting app. Twitter acquired Periscope, and now they have re-released it with a new infrastructure, and an emphasis on sharing with Twitter. The utility of Periscope comes in the potential to share so many events live for so many different interest groups.
The core concept has obvious utility to stream and view live camera feeds from all types of users. It’s a step-up from photos and videos to depict events, and in our testing the app offers smooth video playback. A lot of thought has also gone into making the app as useful as possible. There’s private feeds, so that you can share your broadcast to particular people. Perisocpe also includes a valuable Replay function, which lets anyone watch past live broadcasts on their own time if the streamer makes it available for replay. What makes Periscope different from Meerkat is the replay function, and it makes Periscope have staying power on your device and as a sharing medium.
Periscope (Free, iPhone) is a valuable new utility to both share your world, and view others’ worlds.