Twitter Periscope may not have been around for very long but this new app certainly is making a big impression on users as testimonials and application rankings describe this as a top notch product to use. Similar to the Meerkat app that launched previously, Periscope allows you to broadcast live video feeds from your mobile device directly to your Twitter feed. There are many similarities between the two applications, but there are also a variety of differences setting the two apart. CNET states:
Dubbed Periscope, the free app takes very deliberate aim at Meerkat — a similar, recently-launched service that lets you broadcast live video from your phone to your Twitter followers. Earlier this month Twitter moved to restrict Meerkat’s access to its platform, revealing on the same day that it had purchased Periscope.
Twitter has made it clear that while Meerkat may have made its mark on Tweeting first, Periscope will be the last man standing as they begin to crack down on alternative streaming applications making their way to the Twitter feed.
Questions And Concerns
Currently, the application is showing great success and promise as users have been catching on and catching up with friends around the globe via streaming live feeds, but many critics are nervous that this could be the next step in a long line of inappropriate sexualized postings on the Twitter website.
Twitter is not overly firm in its stance on nude photos or sexually explicit content. They have suggested that the content shouldn’t be made accessible to minors, yet it is the one social media sites where pornography does not seem directly prohibited. This could mean that Periscope will eventually find a new use; one that may be offensive and in turn cause more advance restrictions to be put in place regarding the application.
Open To Interpretation
Despite what Periscope may mean for inappropriate content, it is a blank canvas for a variety of other uses, and could help Twitter become the next big thing in video sharing. YouTube and other video based websites have not expressed any worry over the application, but this doesn’t mean that the future doesn’t hold some competition between these sites. The Guardian writes:
It may be tempting to think it will only be useful for big events – whatever each of us consider ‘newsworthy’, or will only appeal to people narcissistic enough that they feel they are worthy to broadcast to an audience. That may partially be true, but it is such early days for Periscope that the most significant uses haven’t been invented yet.
The majority of app users may find this to be a new artistic outlet, while others will simply use it as another means of expressing everyday life through a myriad of food dishes, clothing choices, and social outings shared through media.
One way that Periscope has set itself apart from competing mobile apps is by allowing users to not only share their experiences through live streaming, but to save these experiences in video files for later use. This has not been done with other applications, especially with the live chat feed still available for viewing. Search Engine Journal explains:
While videos broadcast on Meerkat are ephemeral (they aren’t stored online), videos broadcast on Periscope can be watched over and over again. Recorded videos also come with a recording of the live chat feed.
The information and technology age has produced some fairly exciting new tools and toys, and it is likely that this won’t be the last advancement that we see in the Twitter platform. Future updates of the Periscope application may in fact offer even more differences for competitors to try to catch up to.