Welcome back to another Smorgasbord of Social Media, your weekly roundup of all things social. This week there are a few updates proving live video is here to stay, save, and search, on social.
Periscope Tests Saving Live Broadcasts
Periscope now grants users the ability to save their live broadcasts with the use of a hashtag in the title. Simply adding #save in the title of your Periscope video allows users to save both private and public broadcasts to wherever the video is made visible: home feed, Twitter, direct links, etc. The announcement was made by Periscope CEO and co-founder Kayvon Beykpour via (your guessed it!) a #saved live broadcast, which you can see here.
This update may help increase activity on the platform and engage those users that may want to save content they record, for example with their GoPro cameras or drones.
You Read That Right, DRONES!
Very soon, drone owners will be able to live stream their video via Periscope, thanks to the latest partnership with DJI drones. The announcement came just a few weeks after Facebook announced their support of live streaming with DJI. Similar to Periscope’s current integration with GoPro, Periscope users will need to pair their iPhone to the drone’s remote and Periscope will pull the live video into the feed.
What does this mean? It shows us Periscope is taking big steps to stay competitive in the live video streaming space by becoming even friendlier to users.
Find What You’re Looking For On Periscope
Announced along with the ability to #save live broadcasts and the upcoming drone integration, Periscope revealed that users will soon be able to search for content by title or topic. To help their community find relevant content more easily, and potentially increase engagement, Periscope plans to enable search functions that sort live broadcasts by topic. Users will soon also be able to tag their live broadcasts as they are being filmed so that they can be found more easily. Periscope also revealed they will be testing two special topics that you can search for: “First Scope,” which will welcome new broadcasters and their content, as well as “GoPros and Drones,” where you can find live video from GoPros and, coming soon, drones! Sure to be entertaining, no doubt.
Bring on the #food and #travel content! What do you think of Periscope’s latest updates?