Twitter could soon roll out “Guests” feature for live videos

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Credit: https://twitter.com/MattNavarra/status/1129080612919369732

Twitter live video offers users a platform to go live, and share important information to millions of people out there. With a maximum video length of two minutes and 20 seconds, hundreds of thousands of people are able to send reach their target audience every day. It has been a pretty long time since we heard any update about live videos; but the good news on that front is that Twitter is currently working on a “Guests” feature.

Per Matt Navarra, the microblogging company is currently working on a “Guests” feature for live videos. We really don’t have much information on that front yet, but we suspect that it is a feature that will allow guests to appear briefly in a live video broadcast.

It is still not clear at this time how many guests can appear at a time, but there is no point in guessing over a feature that is still being tested. Truth is that we have had times in the past when features were reportedly being tested, but never really made it to limelight.

That said, Periscope, a Twitter owned standalone app has a similar feature that allows up to three guests to be invited to live recording. Users will be allowed to invite audience members to the Twitter-owned app, while Periscope will then broadcast audio from you to everyone else in the stream. The good thing is, if any of the three guests drops off, you will be able to add another one to complete the current maximum number of allowed guests.

The essence is to encourage more of the podcast crowds to use Periscope. It remains to be seen how Twitter pulls this one out considering how much ground Periscope has lost since the microblogging platform added the ability to go live within its main app two years ago. While other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitch have made a habit of raking in profits from offering users the ability to broadcast to their audience, Periscope has not really been that successful commercially.

Users can request to join the conversation, and will equally have the chance to leave at any time. “With this launch, we’re enabling richer conversations by allowing viewers to call in, like a talk show, and join with their voice,” Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s head of product said in a statement per Engadget. “This makes live conversations even more fluid, and allows for new possibilities and ways people can have conversations.”

If you are a guest, you will be able to join the conversation with your microphone for now. However, Engadget reports that Twitter is already working on the ability to let users share video. The microblogging company is also planning on bringing the new feature to its own platform.

Matt Navarra is a popular social media analyst and commentator who has got many calls correctly in the past, and this one is not expected to be an exception.


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Author: Ola Ric

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