Updates enhance the Periscope experience

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Above: @STLFireDept Periscoped firefighters at work in St. Louis today.

It has been almost a week since Periscope enabled web replay viewing, and that improvement came shortly after their mobile app update, but the real advantages emerge when applying both together.

The absence of web replays had been a common complaint among Periscope viewers, according to reports from PC Mag and The Verge.

But you will really feel the difference while broadcasting, knowing now that there are more ways for viewers to consume and share your reports, as I discovered while experimenting over the weekend.

Now, it makes more sense to ask your viewers to retweet your link because everyone can come back and watch for up to 24 hours.

The web replay view also makes it possible for viewers to watch once before deciding if they want to capture a copy, as I often do with Quicktime or apps such as Snapz.

And now that the Periscope app makes it possible for viewers to grab and share a link to the stream, they can very easily repost to Facebook or their blogs, or share via SMS or email. (So, you might want to suggest those possibilities while broadcasting.)

To get the related URL while viewing a live or recorded video inside the Periscope app, users now need only to swipe right, click “Share” and touch “Copy to Clipboard.” Then, they can paste it anywhere.

If the video is live, users will still find the previous options to share the stream directly with their followers inside the app.

A post at Softpedia’s Webscripts Homepage agrees with The Verge that removing the 24-hour limit and enabling embeds are the next critical steps for Periscope, making it possible for users to share live and recorded videos “just like you can with tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos.”

There are some workarounds presently possible with applications capable of capturing live video from your laptop screen and and rebroadcasting with embed codes, but the processes are brutally cumbersome and produce horizontal windows with shadowboxing around vertical videos.

For now at least, Twitter Just Made Periscope Better, according to WebProNews, adding: “Though much of our internet use is increasingly taking place on mobile, there is still a great deal of importance left when it comes to the desktop, so this is a significant move for Twitter’s new service.”