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Twitter update adds live video integration from Periscope


The latest Twitter update has officially added live broadcasting functionality into the Twitter app itself. According to a blog post announcing the addition, “starting today, you can create and tweet live video from the Twitter app, powered by Periscope”. The live video feature is available in the Twitter update to version 6.26.0, available now in Google Play.

All you need to do is hit the Compose tweet button, then tap the camera icon. At the top of your gallery you’ll see a new icon for Live. Tapping that will bring up the pre-broadcast screen, where you can frame up your shot, compose your tweet and then hit Go Live to start broadcasting.

If you are prompted to install Periscope after tapping the Live icon in your gallery, this is just a temporary fix while Twitter rolls out the integrated live video feature.

Do note that your live tweet is visible to anyone on Twitter or Periscope though: not just your followers. You will have the opportunity to create a group for your live video in the pre-broadcast screen though. Just tap the drop down at the top where it says Public. When you’re watching a live video on Twitter you’ll be able to heart it and comment by tapping the screen.

Twitter live video is a pretty bold move for the company that throws down the gauntlet to the likes of Facebook Live, Snapchat and Instagram Live Stories. But whether adding live video last out of the major social platforms will be enough to get everyone on board remains to be seen. Perhaps this is why Twitter was so happy to kill off Vine recently?

Previous updates

Comment ranking system

November 29: Twitter updated its app to implement a new comment ranking system, replacing the chronological approach with the comments Twitter thinks you’ll want to see first based on a new popularity algorithm. While seeing comments from your friends and followers first makes sense, there is no way to go back to the old system. The asme update also added a Direct Reply counter on tweets.

QR codes

November 17: Twitter made getting new followers and following others easier by adding QR codes to the social platform. Simply swipe open the nav drawer and tap QR code. You can then use the reader to scan someone else’s QR code or bring up your own code to let someone else follow you in an instant.

Twitter app for Android TV

November 16: Twitter officially launched its Android TV app for streaming live Thursday Night Football games and watching Periscope videos. While it is also possible to browse Twitter using the Android TV app, it is not possible to compose tweets with it. Twitter already has an app on Apple TV, Fire TV and Xbox One.

Silencing the trolls

November 15: Twitter cracks down on online harassment, with a new suite of tools aimed at weeding out the less-than-friendly types in your Twitter feed. The new tools include the ability to mute hashtags and specific words, phrases and even emoji you don’t want to see in your feed. It’s a small step, but definitely one in the right direction.

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