What is Twitter’s new app #Periscope?

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4/17/15

By: Kate Enright

Periscope is Twitter’s newest acquisition. The app operates by allowing users to live-stream video directly to their Twitter accounts.

Simply, sign in with your Twitter account and begin broadcasting. You can check out what’s happening live globally, watch the “Most Loved” feeds, or see what the people you follow are up to.

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(Periscopes featured feeds.)

While the app has gained some traction, competitors such as Meerkat have surfaced. Meerkat works similarly, steaming live feeds.

Recently, Periscope discovered copycats weren’t their biggest problem. HBO issued takedown notices to Periscope last week after they realized fans were live-streaming “Game of Thrones.”

Although the quality is low, it does beg the question, will live-streaming apps become the next big copyright issue?

Have you used any of the new live-streaming apps like Periscope or Meerkat? What did you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Twitter Allows Comments on Retweets!

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4/15/15

By: Kate Enright

Gone are the days of the manual retweet. Last week, Twitter launched the updated “Quote Tweet” feature, which now allows users to embed tweets with commentary!

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The feature is available for iOS users and desktop users currently. Unfortunately, it has not rolled out to Android users but will soon be available.

Twitter has been testing out different retweeting features for some time, such as various image and video sizes, with the goal of delivering the best visual experience.

So far, reactions to the new feature have been mixed. How do you feel about the updated “Quote Tweet?” Let us know in the comments below!