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Twitter To Roll Out Significant Update To Periscope

R. Chandrasekaran

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) revealed that it was rolling out a significant update to its Periscope live video app in the upcoming weeks. According to the social media firm, Periscope has become a crucial broadcast tool for journalists, musicians, athletes and everyday people to share the world around them.

Twitter said the fresh features being added included the ability to save broadcasts beyond 24 hours, apart from a fresh way to search, which makes it easy to find broadcasts, i.e. both live streams, as well as replays in a number of new categories, like Music or Travel. The social media firm added that the Periscope update provides people the ability to broadcast live directly from a DJI drone.

Perscop CEO and CO-Founder, Kayvon Beykpour, said, "We've seen incredible growth in our community and the number of live broadcasts created on Periscope over the past year. People are using Periscope to share what's happening in the world around them, so we felt it was time to evolve beyond the restraint of 24 hours and allow this content to stay in the public record. We're excited to release this capability along with a new way for people to search for broadcasts."

According to the company, the new search button was accessible from the Global List and would enable people to search live broadcasts and replays by topic or title. The company added that when the search button was opted, the list auto-populates with popular topics including Food, Travel, Music, and First Scope, a topic to welcome new broadcasters into the community.

Twitter said Periscope broadcasts would commence saving by default for everyone, both in their Periscope profiles and on Twitter. The company indicated the users would be able to delete their broadcasts at any time, and would have the option in settings to auto-delete broadcasts after 24 hours.

Shares of the company traded 1.15 percent down on Monday.

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