Live streaming is the next best thing in the world of social media. There are much better alternatives to YouTube that are worth trying. Here are 5 best:
UStream is a very popular live video streaming service that allows you to broadcast your live shows and events. The site features multiple social media buttons and functionalities making video sharing as easy as one two three. Also, users can search and watch online events without having to create a login with the service.
Livestream is another ultra-popular live streaming video platform and one of the simplest ways to broadcast HD live video from your mobile device or tablet. Users can broadcast video online through camcorder, computer’s webcam, smartphone, camera and the like. The service also offers a variety of video tools, media players, embedding and sharing features, helping you easily connect your live video with your audience.
Periscope is a live video streaming app that was developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. The startup was purchased by Twitter for a reported $100 million in March of this year. I like Periscope because it makes live streaming a simple, one-touch operation and gives you the option of streaming your video publicly or privately to a select few invitees. The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon used Periscope to live stream his monologue rehearsal. The first user-generated Periscope summit took place in New York on September 22, 2015 and was a hit. The next one will take place in San Francisco in January, 2016. More details to come.
Meerkat is a mobile app that allows vloggers to do live video streaming through their mobile device. Once signed up, Meerkat users have the option of connecting their Facebook and Twitter accounts, and stream directly to their followers. The best feature of the app by far is your viewers can text chat with you during your live broadcast. In any case, it’s a good option if you’re already using it, or if you know people using it, but I definitely prefer Periscope.
5. Hang w/
Hang w/ has been dubbed the godfather of live-streaming apps. It has the desire to replace all your social media accounts by offering authentic streaming video between you and your friends wherever they are located. One app for all things social? Doesn’t that sound like a plan?
Which one is best?
All of these live streaming apps are excellent, but they may not be the right service for everyone. The best way to figure out which of these apps is right for you is to figure out where your audience is by trying them yourself and gauging their performance.
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