Let your Live- stream­ing do the talk­ing!

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One of the world’s first live-stream­ers, Jen­nifer Rin­g­ley, then 19, drew close to a mil­lion views, as she shared ev­ery un­cen­sored de­tail of her col­lege dorm life. be­lieve it or not, Rin­g­ley was in­ter­net-fa­mous even be­fore the Kar­dashian clan learned to break the in­ter­net. At its peak, her site, Jen­ni­cam got seven mil­lion hits a day. She ap­peared in ma­jor news­pa­pers, and was pro­filed on the Late Show with David Let­ter­man. This was 20 years ago, and although we still treat livestream­ing as a dis­trac­tion, as an en­ter­tain­ment, it’s the first time in his­tory that it has reached a tran­si­tional peak-point. Today, thanks to dozens of top live video stream­ing apps, the lay­man can share their lives with the world and earn. The type of videos live broad­cast are edgy, cute, and some­times even adorable.

be­tween watch­ing her first elec­tion, say­ing her first word and cel­e­brat­ing her re­cent birth­day, baby Max­ima Chan zucker­berg has been hit­ting mile­stones like it’s no­body’s busi­ness. Not so long ago, su­per­daddy Mark zucker­berg doc­u­mented his one-year-old daugh­ter’s first steps in 360 video.

“When i was a baby and took my first steps, my mom wrote the date in a baby book. When my sis­ter’s chil­dren took their first steps, she recorded it with pho­tos and videos. When Max started walk­ing, i wanted to cap­ture the whole scene with a 360 video so our friends and fam­ily can feel like they’re right there with us,” the Face­book founder noted in his cap­tion on the 360 video, which he shared to Face­book.

On Periscope, Face­book Live, Twitch and a horde of apps, am­a­teur live video feeds has be­come the order of the day. This apps play a sig­nif­i­cant role in shap­ing the news as well as the cul­ture, and are forc­ing us to re­ex­am­ine how we share things with the world. For ex­am­ple, a lot of refugees that are com­ing through Europe, are us­ing live video to doc­u­ment their voy­age. Peo­ple in places like Mex­ico, brazil, and all across Latin Amer­ica are us­ing video to doc­u­ment po­lice bru­tal­ity. Sim­i­larly, in re­cent months, un­prece­dented live feed high­light­ing the power of ci­ti­zen jour­nal­ists has be­come a part of main­stream me­dia. While the con­cept of ci­ti­zen jour­nal­ism has been around for cen­turies, the cor­nu­copia of live stream­ing apps and faster mo­bile broad­band has made it eas­ier for peo­ple to bring to light events and view­points.

The ar­rival of the most pop­u­lar live-stream­ing video app, Meerkat in Fe­bru­ary, drew in close to 700,000 down­loads in the first month. Meerkat’s mar­ket ended when Twit­ter ac­quired Periscope a few months later, with the lat­ter col­lect­ing over a mil­lion sign-ups in the

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