Periscope, Twitter’s attempt at the live-streaming market which began in earnest with Meerkat earlier this year, has just made a major update that will appeal to Periscope users and content creators alike. Periscope broadcasts will now autoplay on Twitter‘s iOS app.
The announcement follows Facebook allowing all users to live-stream from within the Facebook mobile app; although Twitter had technically beaten it to this feature, with Periscope. Now, you won’t just see the link to a Periscope broadcast – you will actually see the broadcast play automatically in your Twitter feed.
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Clicking on a broadcast allows you to view it in full screen, but you can’t actually do much unless you actually go to the Periscope app itself. Periscope is a mobile-first app, and therefore most of its functionalities are available on a mobile app and not elsewhere. You can view a Periscope broadcast on your desktop but you are actually not able to interact with it without the mobile app.
Periscope broadcasts now come alive within Twitter https://t.co/R346R1lgZb
— Periscope (@periscopeco) January 12, 2016
The new feature will only be available on Twitter’s iOS app for now, and there aren’t any clear plans to bring it to Android or Twitter’s web version. With videos, Vines, and GIFs, all already available in autoplay on our Twitter feed, we can assume that it’s just a matter of time.