Twitter is the one major social network where you actually have to make an effort to constrict everything you want to say to fit into a very short space. But that’s about to change. The network recently announced live video, a new feature that will take status updates beyond the 140-character limit. With this update, users will be able to broadcast their surroundings, thoughts, and just about anything right from their smartphone without having to type a single word. This article explores Twitter live video for you.
Introducing Twitter live video
Just like Facebook Live, Twitter live basically allows you to live stream events directly to your site. Your followers will be able to comment or react to your video in real time, and the complete video stays on our feed like any other tweet.
By now, you might be asking ‘what is the difference between this and Periscope?’ Both of them are sort of powered by the same underlying functionality. But while Periscope is Twitters global video sharing app, Twitter live video works entirely on your Twitter account. If you want some more flexibility with real-time Video on your smartphone, you can download the Periscope app as well.
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How to create a live video on Twitter
- To initiate your live stream, simply launch the Twitter app on your device then create a new post.
- In the next page, you’ll see popular ‘What’s happening?’ prompt on your screen. Ignore this and pay attention to those little options that are located at the bottom.
- There should be a video camera icon that contains an inverted teardrop and labeled ‘Live’ somewhere there.
- Tap on this and you’ll be asked a couple of questions regarding allowing the app to access your camera or audio.
- Grant these permissions and then hit the ‘Ok, got it’ button to launch the camera.
- But you’ll need to give your video a name so viewers can find it before you start recording. Tap inside the ‘What’s happening?’ field then create a suitable title, then hit ‘Go Live’ to commence.
- From this moment onwards, you are live on Twitter. Viewers who come across your stream will be able to watch and react (comments, likes, etc).
- When finished recording, scroll down from the top and then tap on ‘Stop Broadcasting’. Twitter will provide you with options to either save or delete your recorded video. You’ll also be furnished with details regarding who watched the video live, or as a replay.
If you have been a big fan of Facebook Live, you can share your thoughts and environments too on Twitter with this interesting addition. Just remember to use this powerful feature responsibly!
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