Tech Update – Live Broadcasting

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Great ideas and uses for Live Broadcasting.  How to’s, classroom instruction, breaking news, baby chick hatching in classroom.  Viewers can watch live and comment to you (if you enable) so you can respond to questions live.  I have used Periscope a few times and like it.  I have not used Meerkat but will and I’ll check back with you.

Several options out there, I’m talking about two:  Periscope and Meerkat.  Similar tech but different options available.

Periscope [3.5 stars in iTunes – 1031 people]

“Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.”

Meerkat  [2.5 stars in iTunes store – 19 people] & [2.75 stars in Google Play Store – 1736 people]

If your social media startup uses Twitter as a link to the people, then you run the risk of getting your lifeline cut off should you get too popular. After all, Twitter tried to crowd Instagram out with Twitter Video, Picture Sharing and Vine, and the social network is now trying to supplant Meerkat with Periscope. It’s one of the reasons that, in its most recent update, Meerkat has broken its close association with the site, making a Twitter account entirely optional.

Even better, is that users can now post their live video streams to Facebook, and you’ll also be able to find users who are in your phone book. It’s previously been quite an issue, since Twitter cut off Meerkat’s access to the social graph, making finding your friends that little bit harder. The updated Meerkat is available in the App Store (or, you know, on your phone), and we can presume these features will also hit the Android beta at some point in the future, too