Get started with Twit­ter live video

Twit­ter has in­tro­duced the abil­ity to stream video live onto the so­cial me­dia site. Mar­tyn Casserly ex­plains how

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While most peo­ple as­so­ci­ate Twit­ter with short sta­tus up­dates, hash­tags, or the inane ram­blings of cer­tain US Presidents, the com­pany re­cently an­nounced a new fea­ture that goes be­yond the 140-char­ac­ter limit - live video. Now you can broad­cast your thoughts, sur­round­ings, and highly ques­tion­able en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies to the world, all from your

iPhone or An­droid smartphone with­out typ­ing a word. We take a quick look at the new ser­vice and how to use Twit­ter live video.

What is Twit­ter live video?

Much like its close ri­val Face­book Live, Twit­ter live video lets users quickly livestream events di­rectly to the so­cial me­dia site. Other users can in­ter­act with the feed in real time, leav­ing com­ments and likes, and once the video is com­plete it re­mains in your feed just like any other tweet.

But wait a minute, we hear you say, isn’t this just Periscope? Well, yes and no. The new ser­vice is pow­ered by Periscope, a livestream­ing app that Twit­ter re­leased last year. But you don’t need a Periscope ac­count as your Twit­ter one is au­to­mat­i­cally used in­stead, and ev­ery­thing is done in the Twit­ter app. How­ever, if you want a few ex­tra fea­tures – such as the abil­ity to al­ter your set­tings – then you can cre­ate an ac­count for free by down­load­ing the Periscope app for iOS or An­droid.

Cre­at­ing a live video

To get your live stream up and run­ning open the Twit­ter app on your phone, then cre­ate a new post.

The next page has the fa­mous ‘What’s hap­pen­ing?’ mes­sage in the main area of the screen, but it’s the op­tions at the bot­tom that you’ll want to pay at­ten­tion to. You should see a video cam­era icon with an in­verted teardrop shape inside it and the word ‘Live’ be­low. Tap this and you will re­ceive a few queries about al­low­ing ac­cess to your cam­era or au­dio. Grant these and you’ll see a mes­sage con­firm­ing that you can

now go Live on Twit­ter. Tap the ‘OK, got it’ but­ton and Twit­ter will launch your cam­era.

Be­fore you go live you’ll want to give your video a name so that view­ers can find it. Tap the ‘What’s hap­pen­ing?’ area, cre­ate a suit­able ti­tle, then tap Go Live to be­gin.

Now you’re live on Twit­ter. Any view­ers that come across your stream will be able to watch what you’re up to and say hello.

When you’re fin­ished just scroll down from the top and tap ‘Stop Broad­cast­ing’. You’ll then be given the op­tions to save the video to your gallery or delete it. There are also de­tails on who watched the video when it was live or as a re­play on your stream.

So there you go, your jour­ney as a broad­cast le­gend is un­der­way. Just re­mem­ber that with great power comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity, and the chal­lenge of be­ing con­stantly in­ter­est­ing.

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