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This might be a big deal: Facebook gets into live-streaming, but only for celebs

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Imagine live-streaming mobile video from Facebook — or just start using Meerkat

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Both Meerkat and Periscope introduced app updates with new functions this week, but Facebook could make all the difference.

A comprehensive wrap from techcrunch.com  explains that Meerkat 1.5 now includes: “the ability to sign up on the platform through Facebook instead of Twitter,” and as Forbes noted:

“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.

 

Photo at top: Meerkats by sharpphotography.co.uk, via Wikimedia Commons and used in accordance with Creative Commons licensing.

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Periscope users follow justice protests across the nation Wednesday night

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Above: Journalists were streaming across the states Wednesday, from left: @micnews in NYC, @AtwaterWCVB in Boston and @JMichaelsNews in Baltimore.

This site was launched to take a comprehensive look at the intersection between journalism and live streaming video platforms. But it’s difficult to ignore the lessons we can learn from Pericope coverage of the broadening justice movement over the past few days.

For the first time Wednesday night, both mobile and desktop Internet users could follow video reports from demonstrations across the US — live and unfiltered — and without the support or control of traditional cable or network news programming.

And rather than communicating on back-channels — like using Twitter hashtags while watching the news — users can now converse in the same place at the same moment, right inside the mobile applications.

In addition to the protests shown at the top of this post, other users tweeted their coverage from the streets of Washington, Minneapolis, Seattle and Albuquerque — and possibly other cities.

Periscopers also streamed coverage from gatherings in Indianapolis and Tulsa, but there were no Twitter links to be found, possibly due to user settings. So, there could have been more.

Unfortunately, Periscope links go dead 24 hours after streams are completed, and the videos are lost  — unless users or viewers make other accommodations to save them. (A future post will take a good look at the full spectrum of present shortcomings.)

While Pericope uptake among journalists appears to be accelerating, there are still very few others streaming from the demonstrations, as we discussed in the last post.

Next, 1,800 people have RSVP’d on Facebook for a “Philly is Baltimore” demonstration planned for late Thursday afternoon— here in the City of Brotherly Love.

To find streaming videos, search Twitter for “Live” plus “Periscope” plus “Philadelphia,” “Philly” or “phl.” “PhillyisBaltimore” seems too long, but time will tell.

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