Twitter has announced an update to its video streaming service by adding 360° live video streaming to its Periscope platform as the social networking site tries to keep up with competitors in the upcoming year.
Everyone on Periscope or Twitter will be able to watch the live videos with 360° view, but currently, the platform only has a select number of partners who can go live with the feature.
Videos which come with a LIVE 360 badge can be interacted with by either moving the phone or swiping the screen while watching the video live.
“We’ve always said that joining a broadcast is like stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing the world through their eyes. Today, we’re introducing a more immersive way to experience those moments — with live 360 video — it’s one step closer to actually being there,” the Periscope team wrote.
The company also says that the limited number of broadcasters will give the audience access to exclusive events, travel vlogs from across the globe and an interactive medium to know several well-known personalities.
“We’re testing 360 broadcasts with a small group of partners, and will be rolling out this feature more broadly during the coming weeks,” Team Periscope adds.
It has been a not so grand year for the social media network service as a major acquisition deal fell apart, and the company is now trying to find its footing as 2017 arrives.
Twitter is certainly not as huge as Facebook but with active user count north of 300 million, it’s quite a big platform.
360° live video streaming might not see a lot of videos right now, but if the company manages to attract influencers to the platform through this new feature, it just might be a happy ending to Twitter’s not so happy 2016 and a good beginning to 2017.
If you wish to join the waiting list of people to be added as a broadcaster for the new feature, apply here.