Twitter launches Periscope, an app for broadcasting live video from your iPhone

Periscope lets you both broadcast and watch real-time video from your iPhone. Your followers can watch and comment, and by tapping on the video as they watch, they can send you hearts to let you know that they like your broadcast.Once you've finished streaming, you can make your video available for your followers to replay for the next 24 hours, and you can delete replays before then if you want.

Speaking of followers, Periscope uses your Twitter account to sign you in, and helps you find people to follow. You can announce your broadcasts through Twitter by tapping the bird icon before you start. If you don't want to share your broadcasts with everyone, tapping the lock icon before you start will allow you to select specific people to invite to your stream

Periscope is available to download from the App Store right now.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • I guess this explains why Twitter was trying to prevent Meerkat from hooking into its service.
  • Twitter introduces new app for scraping private information off your phone and broadcasting it to Twitter Inc without your knowledge. Too cynical?
  • I like Meerkat more.. Yellow over Blue. And in periscope you need to follow people in the app.. Really sucks compared to the yellow animal :D
  • I hope this goes over like a lead balloon.
    Between Facebook's experiment with continuous auto-play spamvertising to their 600M users, and every netizen with a narcissistic bent using Periscope to broadcasting live video all day long, expect an epic network clog. I might be over-reacting but is anyone interested in following someone's LIVE smartphone video feed? Sounds a bit vicarious to me.
  • There could be some good use cases that can come from this & Meerkat. If Snapchat can be a huge hit, this surely has a use case out there.