Periscope has added a new feature that lets you save replays of live video broadcasts as a reply to Facebook Live, where this new feature will allow users to save streams forever.
Periscope used to allow save on broadcast but just for only for 24 hours. Now the app allows saving replays of the broadcasts permanently, just by typing “#Save” in the title and the user has the option to delete them later.
Periscope: Young but strong
Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder, and CEO of Periscope took it to the company’s website to announce this new feature. But hey, let’s remember that this is currently in a public beta phase, and is relying on user feedback for the final rollout, that means that if the public likes it and the response of the users is positive the update will be released.
Why Periscope do this? Actually, the company plans to innovate and develop enhanced native controls in the app to permanently display a broadcast. This includes a new feature that allows you to mark something as permanent after the end of the broadcast.
Let’s also remember that it has been over a year since Twitter released Periscope, where it has repelled several brands and content creators with the ephemeral part of the live broadcasting service, just because the fact it’s live, where it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to exist for a brief period of time just like Snapchat.
— Periscope TV (@periscopetv) May 5, 2016
Periscope or Facebook Live?
While this Twitter-subsidiary is catching up with the technological abilities of Facebook, a massive difference in the size of targeted audience can be a key differentiator in the success of both services. Periscope actually counts with over 300 million users, while Facebook can brag of their massive userbase of over 1.55 billion.
The advantages of Facebook live? It exists entirely within the social network while Periscope only allows broadcasts from within the app and not from inside of Twitter. One of the most arguable points could be that Twitter is perceived as a news-first platform while Facebook is mostly used for personal activities.
These new features on Periscope would bring more value to users than Facebook Live. Facebook recently started focusing more on videos, live streaming, and personal content in a bid to drive competitors like Periscope and Snapchat out of business.
Now that the world’s largest social network wants to nourish news-viewing as well as live broadcasting features with particular emphasis on video, both Snapchat and Twitter left Periscope alone, and now they are losing some sleep at night because of this.