Website URL: http://meerkatapp.co/
The Meerkat app allows you to live stream video from your phone to all of your Twitter followers at once. Press ‘Stream', and instantly your live video stream shows up in your follower's Twitter feeds. It allows a quick and simple way to connect to others on the Internet, either from a personal level or a company level in a fascinating way.
The company that produces Meerkat does a wonderful job at making sure you know the rules of how it works ahead of time so there are no misunderstandings. These include:
The Rules of Meerkat
- Everything that happens on Meerkat happens on Twitter.
- Streams will be pushed to followers in real time via push notifications.
- Everything is live, no reruns.
- Watchers can real steam any stream to their followers in real time.
- Scheduled streams will be distributed in the community by subscribers.
- Your own streams can be kept locally on your phone.
- Everyone can watch on the web.
- Be kind.
I find Meerkat quick and easy to use, simple to install and configure if you have a Twitter account. The possibilities are endless on how you can implement this. Although a direct competitor to applications such as Periscope, which does live streaming, I think it will eventually mature and find it’s own audience and use.
The major faults I find with the application are the same as the reasons I like it, it’s too easy and no firm use at the moment other then playing around with it. As people I know start to use it, I am sure I will warm up and use it more. I do see the potential for abuse to be high.
I really like the concept of this app, but I think it will be some time before I use it as much as I use my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram app.
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