Imagine being able to broadcast video from your phone in real time to unlimited audiences with just a touch on your screen. With the launch of two live streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope this past February 27 and March 26 respectively, it seems like 2015 is the year for live-streaming video. Sharing our world instantly has become infinitely easier, with apps like these creating a platform that redefines how we view and utilize social media.
The Appeal of Live Streaming Apps
The apps are popularly used by users to broadcast important events in their lives – recently, it has gained massive appeal for sports fans and concert goers who wish to share what they’re seeing in real time to their Twitter followers.
Periscope Vs. Meerkat
Periscope and Meerkat have plenty of similarities, but they also have their own distinct features. Both apps utilize Twitter, sending a streaming link to your followers where they can view your video in real time. With Meerkat, live comments to your video will appear as tweet replies that will instantly appear and will then linger on your screen as you stream. Periscope’s live feedback feature on the other hand, has been deemed less intrusive and more interactive as the streamer can see live feedback that subtly fades out, allowing them to have an unobstructed view of their screen.
With Periscope, users also have the option to receive push notifications from their viewers, limiting the amount of feedback within the app and creating a less cluttered environment. You can also send hearts to a video, expressing how much you “like” what’s being streamed.
Periscope allows for more options for users as well, like adjusting the framing of your camera’s view first before starting your broadcast and having an option for viewers to disable their current location or limit their stream to private viewers. Meerkat on the other hand, starts streaming immediately as soon as you press the “Stream” button.
Both apps allow viewers to download a replay of their videos. As of late, both are only available for iOS devices though versions for Android are being developed.