“So far, the Internet’s biggest video site has stood silently as Periscope, Meerkat, and countless rumored products from Facebook have made livestreaming video into a powerful new medium. But YouTube has the infrastructure and the audience, and now it’s deciding to focus on live video.”
It’s the sleeping giant of livestreaming, and it’s finally waking up.” – Wired
Both Meerkat and Periscope introduced app updates with new functions this week, but Facebook could make all the difference.
“Meerkat’s larger presence on Facebook could help the social network to test how much its 1.44 billion monthly active users want to see and share live videos on the platform.”
“The most innovative new feature is “Cameo,” which lets you (consensually) hijack someone else’s Meerkat stream for up to 60 seconds,” according to businessinsider.com, adding that: “This collaborative tool brings some of the fun of services like Chatroulette to Meerkat, without the creepy invasiveness.”
And according to thenextweb.com: “It’s also a killer feature for Meerkat; one Periscope doesn’t have, and won’t be able to duplicate without scrutiny from users.”
Meerkat “is also rolling out a beta version of Meerkat Library that allows users to save their live-streams directly to their own personal Meerkat library as opposed to saving it to a third-party service like YouTube or a phones camera roll,” according to knowtechie.com.
Mashable reports that: “To kick off the launch, Meerkat is partnering with The Weather Channel, TMZ, Fox, The CW, Mastercard and Champion League Sports.”
The update is available now in Apple’s App Store, according to technobuffalo.com, adding that the Android app was also updated on Wednesday, “but there’s no mention of any of these new features.”
Meanwhile: Periscope 1.1.2 goes live
With the latest Periscope update: “When you block someone’s message within a livestream, that message will appear as blocked to you only,” according to thenextweb.com, which continues: “The app also introduces some helpful housekeeping issues, including a way to get rid of the keyboard without accidentally ending your broadcast, the ability to edit your full name, and a clearer sign-in process.”
And as slashgear.com noted: “In this update your username is – get ready for this – viewable from your profile. At last!”
Now, let me know when somebody enables easy embedding.
A handful of physicians are quickly becoming Periscope pros, according to medcitynews.com:
For real estate agents, Periscope “can easily become an influential piece in staking your claim in a changing marketplace,” according to inman.com.
Ahead of the NHL Awards, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals unveiled the team’s new alternate jerseys via Periscope, washingtonpost.com reported.
Finally, rap star Raury “will use Periscope to stream his music festival,” according to Mashable.
We’re starting to spot more stories on the potential of Periscope for the news business.
“Journalists might see Periscope not as content delivery, but as context delivery,” according to a post from storybench.org, explaining how “the one-on-one feel of a Periscope broadcast on your personal screen… allows news consumers to tag along with journalists out in the field.”
Oh the places you’ll go: Tapping Periscope for reporting – Storybench
Meanwhile, journalism.co.uk has an update on How livestreaming apps fit in the newsroom.
And new NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt has been experimenting with Periscope and says “That’s the direction I think we are all going in,” according to a post at jamestownsun.com.