Just before the start of the Periscope Community Summit in San Francisco (starting January 14th 2016), Periscope and Twitter released this awesome new feature: it is now possible to view Periscope broadcasts live in your Twitter stream!

How does it work?

When you’re using your Twitter app on your iPhone/iPad and you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed, you can see Periscope broadcasts live in your feed. You’re not just seeing a link to the video, but the actual video itself, playing within your feed! You don’t have to leave Twitter to be able to see it. This makes it a very easy to scroll through your timeline, see live videos and scroll on to the next if it’s not interesting any longer.

When you watch a broadcast in your Twitter stream, the following things are possible:

Watching and hearing the video

  • You can see the video, of course :-)IMG_4518
  • If you wan’t to hear the sound too, you’ll have to click on the video. It will then open on your screen, but you’re still on Twitter (not on Pericope), even though you won’t be able to see your Twitter feed at that moment.

Comments and hearts

  • You can see the comments and hearts. If you’d want to hide the comments and hearts, you can do so by clicking on the three dots at the right bottom of the screen and then click the button about comments and hearts.

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  • You can give a ‘heart’ like you can do with any tweet on Twitter, by clicking on the white heart at the bottom of the screen.
  • And… you can now give hearts from within Twitter! This is just like you would be able to do from within Periscope itself! These hearts are always red. Please know: this feature seems not to be working for everyone.

Replying and retweeting

  • You can reply to the broadcaster on Twitter. You will not be able to hear or see the live broadcast at the moment you’re writing and sending this reply message. The comment will not be seen inside the broadcast, only on Twitter.
  • You can retweet the original Twitter message. This will not interrupt you watching or hearing the broadcast.
  • You can quoting the message on Twitter. Just like replying to the broadcaster, this will interrupt you hearing and seeing the broadcast for a moment.

Open Periscope to chat

And last but not least: you can click “Open Periscope to Chat”, which will then allow you to comment on the broadcast. When you click the button, the Periscope app will open, just like it did in the past when you clicked on a link to a broadcast from your Twitter feed.

What happens after a broadcast is finished?

Up until 24 hours after the broadcast (so just as long as the broadcast is available within the Periscope app), you will still be able to watch the replay as if it were live. You will also see the “Open Periscope to Chat” button, which is a bit odd, since you won’t be able to chat on a finished broadcast. I assume this will be changed in the near future.

After the 24 hours, the broadcast information will still be available, but people won’t be able to see the broadcast anymore. This is basically just what it was like before: someone could click the link to your broadcast, and would receive a ‘broadcast not found’ notification.

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How to get it if you don’t have it yet

  1. Delete your Twitter app from your phone (don’t worry, you won’t lose any data/followers etc.)
  2. Delete your Periscope app from your phone (don’t worry, you won’t lose any data/followers etc.)
  3. Re-install them both
  4. Open Twitter, you should now be able to see the live broadcasts in your timeline :-) If you want to test it quickly, search for #Periscope within Twitter and select “All Tweets” at the top of your screen. You should then see a bunch of live broadcasts.

Beware though: at the moment, watching the videos live in your Twitter feed is only possible on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads). Twitter has announced it will come to Android and the web (when watching on your laptop/computer) soon. 

What does this all mean for viewers and broadcasters?

First of all, people on Twitter will come across many more scopes, even if they are not on Periscope themselves. They don’t need to leave Twitter and go to Periscope to see the broadcasts. This also means that for broadcasters it will become all the more important to grow their Twitter following! Your Twitter following will now not only learn about your scopes via their Twitter feed (as was already the case), they can now also see them and give hearts whilst on Twitter!