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Twitter’s Periscope x Meerkat: A Review of the Apps

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A big win for Twitter [By Caroline Culler (Wgreaves) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons]

Last week was a big week for people of the Twitter-verse.

Everyone?s favorite social messaging platform came out with two apps?one named after a creature always on the look-out, another for a vital part of a submarine. Meerkat and Periscope announced their presence to the world and had shown what they were for. Both Meerkat and Periscope are video streaming apps that are powered by Twitter.

Here?s a closer look at the two and what they really are. According to Telegraph UK, Meerkat and Periscope are essentially the same yet different. The difference between them is that one is being supported by Twitter, while the other isn?t. Also, here?s a report from Forbes showing just how big of a tool both apps are in spreading round-the-clock news faster than you can tweet it.

A Look at Meerkat and Periscope

Meerkat and Periscope started at a time when most people are obsessed with sharing awesomeness. While Periscope started a little later than Meerkat, it is by no means a lesser app.

Simply put, Meerkat and Periscope are both only available to the iPhone right now. There is a lot lacking in Meerkat that Periscope seems to have addressed, according to the Telegraph article. This might be Twitter?s marketing ploy, to make Periscope the app of choice.

Meerkat does have a few beneficial features, such as saving a broadcast for a later date, or automatically sending a tweet the moment you start your broadcast.

Full Support for the Apps

Celebrities have thrown in their lot for either one of the apps available on Twitter.

Madonna and Al Roker, according to Forbes, have thrown their support behind Meerkat. Periscope, not to be outdone, got help from Jimmy Fallon and Jared Leto who gamely tweeted their fans using the app. A lot of other stars?Rio Ferdinand and Roger Federer, to name a few?used either one of the apps while Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the easy way out, and supported both.

It will be interesting enough, however, to see what practical applications the app can have. Perhaps a way to solve crime, or report an accident?

Big Future for Meerkat and Periscope

From the looks of things, there is huge potential in the way both apps use a live-streaming service. You can report a crime as it happens, or a fire before it grows out of control. Either way, the practical applications of Meerkat and Periscope may help the apps transition from solely iOS-based apps to include Android as well.


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