Twitter has started rolling out a Periscope live-streaming button within its iOS app for select users, according to reports. We spotted the ‘Go Live’ button for Periscope in the iOS app on an iPhone 6s Plus, although the feature hasn’t gone live across all iOS apps.
According to BuzzFeed, Twitter confirmed it is rolling out the button to a small percentage of users.
The statement says, “a few weeks ago we rolled out a ‘Go Live’ button in Twitter to a small percentage of Android users. We’re beginning to roll this out to a small group of iOS users. Over time, everyone will have the ability to start a Periscope broadcast from Twitter.”
The button will let users start a real-time video broadcast from the Twitter app without opening the Periscope app separately. Currently if you don’t have a Periscope app, it will prompt you to download the app as well. The ‘Go Live’ button is visible when you are typing out a tweet, right after the Photo, Video media options.
For Twitter, testing the Live video button comes at a time when Facebook’s Live video feature is available to all of its 1 billion plus users, across Android and iOS and is gaining popularity. The Facebook Live video feature is also being used extensively by publishers to spark discussions on the platform.
Twitter, which is struggling with engagement and has been trying to boost users, was always the platform about ‘more live’ updates. Now by integrating a Periscope button with its main app, it wants to make sure it doesn’t lose the momentum on live video to Facebook.