Turkish Periscope uptake rivals US

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Buzzed spoke with founder Kayvon Beykpour about Periscope in Turkey, reporting that activity is second only to the US and that three Turkish cities — Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir — are among the top 10 cities with the most Periscope users:Why Periscope Is Going Wild In Turkey

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Periscope update adds functionality; illuminates shortcoming

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Above: The new global map of live streams inside the Periscope app shows more activity in Italy and Turkey than in the US.

The recent update of the Pericope app includes a map view which “lets users browse streams from specific locations around the world, selecting live broadcasts from different areas by zooming in on countries, cities, and towns,” according to the verge.com, explaining that: “Streamers will see their broadcasts appear automatically on the map view if they enable location data sharing in the app.”

But “beware streaming from home,” warns CNET, reporting that the app pinpoints your exact location.

The update “also makes replays available instantly, instead of requiring you to upload them after broadcasting, and will allow you to share the link to broadcast replays to Twitter, according to thenextweb.com, remembering that previously “it was incredibly difficult to find a stream you’d missed if you didn’t have the initial broadcast tweet.”

Other elements of the update “include an option for sharing a link to someone else’s broadcast, and localization in more languages, now up to a total of 29, reports appleinsider. That list includes English, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, French, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese, according to pcmag.com.

This update is only available for iOS users, but should be available to Android users later this year, techcrunch reported.

Perhaps more importantly, Slate suggests that “the update offers a critical insight into Periscope’s bigger problem: There just aren’t that many people using it.”

Seen at the top of this post, a random sampling of screen grabs I saved late this morning (EDT) showed very little activity along the heavily populated northeast corridor of the US, but more action in places like Italy and Turkey, which is consistent with regional search interest recently indicated by Google Trends, illustrated below.

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Twitter search results show dozens of links attached to streams which came from Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference in San Francisco Monday morning, while only a handful were ever visible on the map.

Alternatively, it is also possible broadcast without tweeting; so, we can’t really be sure of stream count through any means. But we also have no reason to expect that behavior would very across the map.

Upcoming posts will focus on recent upgrades to the Meerkat and Stre.am apps, and will also catch up with another alternative.

What have you been streaming?

Note: Your editor has been posting less while leading recent streaming video workshops for journalists in Philadelphia; last week with the reporting staff at WHYY and then during the Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference, which brought 1,800 journalists to the city over the weekend. Check in for more activity over the coming days and weeks.

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Searching for video apps: Interest spikes around updates and live events

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Periscope has maintained a significant lead over Meerkat in Google search popularity since the app was first launched earlier this spring, according to results from Google Trends.


Although we can’t be certain what users were seeking, previous comparable flatlines indicate that recent searches have coincided with the release of the new mobile video applications.

Search volume spiked when app upgrades were released and then again last week when Periscope was first made available for Android users.

The greatest spike followed the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, when streaming video users redistributed the event to others at no cost.

You can go to the graph and add other search terms for comparison.

As Google explains: The numbers on the graph reflect how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time.

Google Trends also finds the greatest interest in Periscope coming from Turkey and Italy, while the United Kingdom tops the list for Meerkat searchers. San Francisco is the leading American city on the list.

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