How to broadcast live video on twitter?

December 28, 2016 - By 
broadcast live video on twitter

After Facebook and Instagram, Twitter has also launched live video broadcasting feature that allows you to create and tweet a live video stream directly from the Twitter app. Whether this functionality is already provided by Twitter but through Periscope app. Now it lets you broadcast live video on twitter app without installing periscope or creating an account.

Twitter published on their official blog:

Starting today (Wednesday, December 14, 2016), you can create and Tweet live video from the Twitter app, powered by Periscope. To go live, compose a Tweet, then tap “LIVE” which brings you to a pre-broadcast screen where you can frame your shot. When you’re ready, press “Go Live” to start broadcasting.

Once you’re live, anyone on Twitter and Periscope can join your live video and participate in your experience. When you’re watching a live video, comment and send hearts by tapping the screen. Hearts show your support for the broadcaster.


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How to broadcast live video from twitter app?

If you’ve used Periscope, the complete process is very familiar — and if you haven’t, it’s fairly intuitive. (Twitter had previously added a Periscope button to the app, but tapping it just redirected you to Periscope or to an app store to download it.)

Now with a few taps, you can broadcast live video directly from Twitter’s flagship app. Let’s start:

  1. First of all update your app to go live on Twitter, just by going respective platform
  2. Then open the app and Tap the compose icon to create a tweet.broadcast live video on twitter 1
  3. Now write a Tweet, and Tap the live video icon to go a pre-broadcast screen where you can frame your shot.broadcast live video on twitter 2
  4. The first time you’ll see the screen as below, tap the OK, got it button.broadcast live video on twitter 3
  5. When you’re ready, press “Go Live” to start broadcasting.broadcast live video on twitter 4

How to Interact with viewers?

During the broadcast, viewers who see your broadcast on their timelines can tap in, comment, and send hearts that simply means like. You can also interact with other viewers by tapping on their comment to view their account profiles, respond to a comment, or block their accounts.

broadcast live video on twitter 5And any tweets containing live video can be retweeted, liked and shared in the same places a tweet can be shared.

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Push notifications

You’ll opt-in to receive push notifications from accounts you follow when they go live.

Finding live videos

You can discover and watch live videos from your Home timeline, notifications, search, and trends. You’re able to watch live videos and replays from anyone on Twitter – as long as their profiles are public.

Twitter is promoting the new feature this morning using the #GoLive hashtag.

Twitter promotes itself as the place to “see what’s happening right now,” and really, the video is the best way to do that.

How to end live videos?

When you want to end your live video, simply swipe down and tap the “End video” button.broadcast live video on twitter 7

How to delete live videos?

You can delete any of your live videos at any time. All you have to do is delete the tweet with your live video. This will delete it from Periscope as well. However, deleting your live video from Periscope does not automatically delete the tweet from Twitter.


How to save the live videos?

Your live videos will automatically be posted as a Tweet each time you go live. Additionally, you can save your live video right to your device’s camera roll at the end of your live video by tapping Save to camera roll.

How to open a live video in Periscope from Twitter?

  1. From a live full-screen video on Twitter – Swipe right on iOS, or swipe up on Android to open a menu of options. From the menu, tap
  2. Now, from the menu, tap Open in Periscope.

A quick view of facebook live video broadcasting feature:

Facebook’s live broadcasting platform launched last year in August 2015. Though it encourages all Facebook users to send live video to their friends and followers, it appears to have only been taken up by brands.

A quick view of Instagram live video broadcasting feature:

Instagram just launched live video Stories to compete with Snapchat. Instagram announced live streaming in its ephemeral Instagram Stories feature. These live broadcasts will be slightly different, though. They only occur in Stories and disappear as soon as they have finished broadcasting.

This might have a higher take up than Facebook, due to the more personal nature of Stories compared to a Facebook account.


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Last words:

Twitter, with 317 million monthly active users, has struggled to boost their user growth. Making live video creation tools more accessible through Twitter’ app could draw new users and boost engagement.

For now, Twitter will continue to develop the Periscope app. However, it’s unclear for how long it will make sense for the Twitter company to maintain a standalone live video app in light of the integration.

The integration allows broadcasters to leverage Twitter’s audience,” Periscope’s head of engineering Sara Haider said in an interview.

Haider said she expects the update to prompt Twitter users to broadcast live more often and for longer periods of time. And while Twitter is still testing different ways to feature live videos, the company said users can expect to see more live video highlighted across the app. For now, users can receive live video notifications for specific Twitter handles by following that user on Twitter.

The move should help Twitter compete with Facebook, which has been heavily promoting its live video tools ever since they rolled out to all users early this year.

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