Periscope now allows live streamers to invite guests to streams

Twitter is adding a new feature to its Periscope app the will allow users to invite guests to join live streams.

Periscope users will now have the ability to add up to three guests into a live stream by clicking on the invite guests icon. Once someone joins the live video, viewers will be able to hear the audio from the guest’s account during the live stream. Users will also be able to remove someone from a live video, and guests can leave at any time.

“Live video is powerful and allows for a live, synchronous conversation between a broadcaster and their audience — where the broadcaster is able to talk to their audience with their camera and voice, and viewers could talk using text,” Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s head of product and Periscope co-founder, said in a statement. “With this launch, we’re enabling richer conversations by allowing viewers to call in, like a talk show, and join with their voice. This makes live conversations even more fluid and allows for new possibilities and ways people can have conversations.”

Twitter is trying to attract podcasters and streamers to Periscope

The company has been trying to attract this crowd of people since December 2017. That’s when Twitter added the ability to go live from its main mobile app.

This is yet another attempt from Twitter to attract podcasters by adding more to its live streaming capabilities. They also might be looking to attract Twitch and YouTube streams that broadcast live content.

Twitter says it plans to add this feature to the social network and along with a way for guests to share a live video. Whether it’ll attract YouTube and Twitch streamers, we will have to see.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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