To save its flailing userbase from tanking further, Twitter is aggressively pushing features that should’ve been introduced to the platform a long time ago. But, as someone wise once said, better late than never. Following pursuit to Facebook and YouTube, Twitter is today adding support for 360 videos via Periscope — which has recently gained a native integration with the platform.
But, what’s the big deal about 360-degree video support being added to Twitter? Well, the micro-blogging has been trying to gain acceptance from the populace and thus joining the ranks of other growing social platforms. And it’s taking a step ahead of others to introduce live 360-degree videos, enabling you to step right into the action with the broadcaster. Here’s your first look at a 360 live broadcast:
— Alex Pettitt (@Alexpettitt) December 28, 2016
The video streaming company is of the opinion that live 360-degree streaming isn’t just meant to introduce a future tech but enabling you to immerse yourself into a completely new experience. You are no longer anchored to a singular point of view, which is shown by the streamer. Instead, you now have the ability to move about and explore the surrounding in real-time with them as well. The same has been described in the blog post as under:
With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around — it’s one step closer to actually being there. [It’s like] getting front-row access at exclusive events, traveling to places across the globe, and getting up close with well-known personalities.
Live video is now being touted as the upcoming means of communication among the millennials — gained attraction due to Facebook Live, released earlier this year. And Twitter is now banking on the same popularity with the release of a 360-degree live streaming tool through its Periscope integration. The videos which are marked with the 360 LIVE badge on the bottom-left corner will enable you to interact with the live stream by moving your phone around or swiping the screen.
Initially, only a select group of influencers have been extended access to live 360-degree broadcasting on Twitter as well as Periscope — can be watched by followers on both. This feature is expected to be rolled out to other global users in the coming weeks but if you’re extremely eager to start live streaming 360 videos, then join the waitlist right here.