When Twitter launched its its new live-streaming video app Periscope on Thursday — the same day that its rival Meerkat announced $14 million in new funding — tech journos immediately scrambled to size the two up head-to-head, for both consumers and journalists hoping to use the apps to enhance their news coverage. And so far, a large number of reviews are strongly leaning in Periscope’s favor.
Many reviewers cited numerous advantages Periscope has over Meerkat — advantages that could prove decisive. Whereas Meerkat’s streams vanish from the your network of followers once the user stops recording, Periscope automatically saves streams for your followers for almost 24 hours, offering viewers who didn’t stumble upon the clip as it was being shot a chance to watch it even if they’ve only heard about the piece a few hours after the stream was live. Read more