It isn’t just the social media giant Facebook that has been reported to be beefing up their live video service as there are reports that Periscope is testing out a new feature which will let users sketch as they do live streaming.
Periscope is Reportedly Working on a Sketching Feature for Live Streaming
According to TechRadar, Periscope used the beta function of the feature on Monday, April 11, 2016. However, the clip has since then expired. Those who were able to get try it can draw basic lines as they touch the screen while recording. This was broadcasted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra and the doodle was reported to have stayed on the screen for just a few seconds before fading away. The blog says that the tool is currently available only broadcasters and not yet for users.
PCMag confirmed that the Twitter-owned Periscope is “testing Sketching with a small group of people. This feature makes it fun and easy for broadcasters to draw on the screen while broadcasting,” a spokeswoman stated. She also stated that it will be “coming in a few weeks for everyone.”
However, the app is not the first one to have such a feature as popular messaging app Snapchat already had such functionality for quite some time already. Users of Snapchat can draw on their screen before they would send out their messages.
On other social media portals, Facebook has recently rolled out a number of handy tools for their Live video service. The social media giant promises to users that they too will soon be able to draw and doodle on their videos while broadcasting them. In the meantime, Facebook users are able to go live in groups, events, and they can also add filters to their live streams. You can even post various reactions to streams (as a viewer). Also, there is now a dedicated Live video section on the social networking app. Tapping on the tab will let users check out streams that are currently happening.
Doodling seems to be a feature that everyone is now gunning for when it comes to live streaming through smartphones, and Periscope is taking advantage of users’ hype with it. When you doodle or sketch on a stream, you are able to get more out of your videos as you are able to interact more to your users rather than just saying something or doing hand gestures.