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New Twitter-owned video streaming app launched

Periscope is a live-video app that allows viewers to comment and have real-time conversations on their smartphone.
March 26, 2015

Periscope, the live video-streaming app from the Periscope Company that Twitter purchased in January, is live.

App users can film themselves and broadcast live as it happens. When the app is launched, a notification can go out over Twitter as well as through the app, letting followers on both platforms know the live show is about to begin.

Audience members can also interact  (think posing questions, commenting on a particular action) with the folks behind the camera in real time. Periscope is currently available exclusively at the Apple App store, with an Android version in the works.

On its website, where the iOS App can also be downloaded directly, the Periscope team says the reason for the app is because “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,” they explain.

Like Snapchat, the video disappears on Periscope’s servers after 24 hours.

Periscope says it will maintain its autonomy with a small team based in San Francisco.

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