We are no longer into the age of the passive usage of content from whoever will provide us with it – if the 21st century is characterized by anything as far as content creation is concerned, it is the ‘citizen journalist’ plus the independent, ‘amateur’ creation of pictures, text and video on social news platforms like Twitter and YouTube. The growth of live streaming apps is central to this, too – but it’s additionally creating conflict with paid TV providers and other more ‘traditionally’ placed parties.
Let’s consider two live streaming apps, in particular, that have won popularity in current times. Periscope is Twitter’s own software, which permits its users to stream live video for other people to look at in genuine time. Its website speaks of how the team was “fascinated by the idea of discovering the entire world through someone else’s eyes… we desired to construct the closest thing to teleportation.” the app appeared on ioS two months ago, its android variant debuting last week.
Then, there’s Meerkat, which works by much the same premise of enabling its users to reside stream video from their mobile device to their Twitter followers. The individual simply presses ‘Stream’ into the software to begin streaming exactly what their phone digital camera sees, with followers who have actually the app not only to be able to watch others’ live streams, but also comment on and interact with them while they happen.