Few ideas manage to gather as much traction nowadays as live streaming managed. The concept could have easily been lost in the myriad of tech-based ideas that are spawned every minute, but it managed to catch on thanks to a particular subset of gamers – streamers.
Realizing that they could easily make money using live streams, some gamers decided to skip the editing a YouTuber usually had to do and simply air the gameplay live. It could have easily backfired, with viewers unwilling to watch the rough result, but the technique actually prospered and is now making millions of dollars.
Of course, tech companies also caught on to how well streaming works and how much money they could make off of it, so they started developing apps that make it easier for live streamers to manage their videos. And they didn’t stop at just one, since everybody wants to be a part of the action.
One of the first live streaming apps actually managed to remain on top as long as two years after it first launched, although its users are dropping fast, now that Facebook has its own app for live streaming. I’m talking, of course, about Periscope. Other than Meerkat, it’s the only live streaming app that seems to hold its own against Facebook.
But businesses cannot survive by remaining stagnant, particularly is such a competitive market as IT. So changes have to be made to most apps in order to accommodate different types of users, as well as more features which are generally determined by public demand.
Taking a note from Facebook’s performant, yet annoying app, Periscope now lets you save your broadcasts. They will no longer be lost on the information superhighway; instead, by adding a single tag to any one of your videos, you can save them for an indeterminate amount of time.
You might be curious what the tag is, so let’s cut to the chase – it’s #save. By adding #save to any one of your Periscope broadcasts, you will be informing the app’s servers that you want that video to be saved. And this isn’t the only change that will be added to the service.
Starting now, Periscope will see the people you know as a priority. They will help broadcasters have an easier time by telling them when someone they know enters the room. Viewers will also benefit from this new addition, as they will also be notified when an acquaintance has entered the room.
More changes are soon to come.
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