Periscope brings nexting to web viewers with “Couchmode”

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Above: Bill @Couch, far right, demonstrates “Couchmode” at Periscope HQ.

Periscope product engineer Bill Couch tweeted a link Monday to his stream introducing their new “Couchmode” function, which enables random nexting for web users.

We learned from the video that “Couchmode” will feature popular streams, although the selection process was not revealed. Couch later tweeted some tips, including:

We also learned that they watch streams an a TV turned vertically at the Periscope headquarters, seen above at left, and which I have been thinking about doing for some time.

Couch also introduced new Periscope web engineer Patrick Camacho and together they promised that more web features will be coming soon. The Next Web has more info: Periscope’s new Couch Mode let’s you watch an endless stream of live video

There hasn’t been much more reporting but lots of people are tweeting about “Couchmode.”

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Periscope CEO talks journalism with Fast Company

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“The reason journalism through Periscope is so compelling is because it’s the first time the news is not a passive experience.”

“[With] prerecorded content—and even live television—you sit on your couch and just consume what’s been packaged for you. With Periscope, you can contribute. Viewers can ask the broadcaster questions. The other difference is that it has the potential to be more immediate. It’s difficult to put three cameramen, an audio guy, and a reporter on a truck or on a plane and send them somewhere. It’s easier for someone who’s already there to pull out their phone. I think you’ll see more coverage of notable events, more quickly. When the fire happened [in New York’s East Village] the day of our launch, there were 60 people broadcasting it simultaneously—half an hour before the first camera crews got there.” – Periscope CEO Kayvon BeykpourPeriscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour: “Periscope has become a medium that can build truth and empathy”

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Yahoo introduces Livetext mobile video

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Would you quit your job to Periscope full-time? This guy did.

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“He says he hasn’t kept a dime of the donation money for himself, but he’s starting to see an influx of brands and ad agencies contacting him. It’s not hard to see why—over the past month, he’s racked up more than 22 million hearts (the Periscope equivalent of Facebook Likes) and is now ranked No. 16 on Periscope’s “Most Loved” list worldwide.” –Mashable

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Latest Periscope update brings more features

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Above: KTVU reporter Allie Rasmus used Periscope while covering this fire on a Bay Area military base Tuesday afternoon.

Periscope for iOS now lets you control which users you receive notifications from, and uses iOS’ Handoff so you can start watching a stream on one device and seamlessly transition to a different one later,” according to thenextweb.com.

As Mashable explains: “You may want to get a notification when your favorite band or celebrity live streams something, but the feature lets you quiet alerts from power users you don’t want to hear from multiple times a day the feature lets you quiet alerts from power users you don’t want to hear from multiple times a day,” adding that: “The feature can be accessed on each person’s Periscope profile page.”

“Don’t worry about missing their shows, though,” because according to engadget.com: “Their updates still appear on your feed.”

“But even better” — says TechCrunch — “the app now allows you to move between devices thanks to added support for iOS 8 Handoff. That means you can now watch Periscope live via Safari on Mac, for example.

According to The Verge: “The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold.”

Just catching up? The Huffington Post just published: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

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New features on the way for Periscope?

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“Our observation, our personal feelings, guided us toward portrait being the predominant capture mechanism and viewing experience,” he said. “That obviously creates conflicts when the output device from a Periscope ends up being a TV, and now all of a sudden our experience doesn’t look so hot, which is why we need to make it better.” –Periscope CEO via cnbc

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