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Twitter Implements Periscope Updates: Landscape Video & More

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If you have noticed an onslaught of video content appearing throughout your Twitter feed over past months, you probably have the rise of video streaming service Periscope to thank. The app took off spectacularly from launch and was boosted further by Twitter's acquisition of the company back in January.

That doesn't mean that its perfect, but it may be getting closer with the most recent batch of updates. The particular update that has Periscope users most excited is the addition of landscape video. Until now, users have only had the option to both shoot and share video in portrait view, which limits the service more than you might think. Some scenes require a broader view and, regardless of that, we have become accustomed to watching most forms of video in a widescreen format. Twitter explained their motivation for the update in a recent blog post:

"When we first launched Periscope, we only supported portrait broadcasting. As much as we’re fans of portrait video, we know that there are times where the scene you’re trying to capture is best expressed in landscape. We know the community has been craving this feature — we wanted to be thoughtful about our approach to ensure a seamless experience across all of our platforms (iOS, Android and Web)"

That isn't all though. The recent app update carries with it a few more fixes and features in order to improve the app experience. Accessibility is one issue being addressed, with Twitter stating that they are doing all they can to make the app easier to use for the visually impaired on iOS. Details on how that is achieved are few and far between, but the blog post concerning the update commented that: "We’ll continue to invest in this over time".

Also included in the update is 'Share Context', which informs the user who exactly shared the content with them in the first place. This seems to me like a basic function that should have been there since the beginning, but up until now Periscopers had no real way of knowing who the video was from. Now, user information will be displayed along with the shared content.

Last but not least is the 'Mutual Follow' function, aimed at making more private broadcasting simpler for the user. When sharing a video, you now have the option to select from a list of 'mutual follows', which includes only people that you follow, who also follow you back. The blog post stated: "We think this list is a more natural selection of people who you are likely to broadcast to. We’ve also added an option to quickly select all of your mutual follows. See something you want to share with your friends, but not the whole world? Check".

Video is becoming a dominant force online, and the teams at Twitter and PEriscope clearly realise that. With the battle for video supremacy still ongoing between Facebook and YouTube, maybe Twitter are gearing up to enter the fray


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Twitter Implements Periscope Updates: Landscape Video & More Reviewed by Sam Bonson on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Rating: 5

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