New Video Live Service From Twitter, Have You Try?

According to George Rosenthal article, First came Twitter’s Periscope. Then Facebook Live. Now comes full live video streaming again from Twitter.

Users now have the option of broadcasting straight from Twitter. Periscope will not be needed.

As reported in Fortune, Tweeters need not download the Periscope app.

The process seems easy to execute. Users can access the live feed by clicking on the “compose new tweet” link. Then click on the “live” button. A pre-streaming frame will then appear.

When ready, a user can hit the “go live” button. As with other applications watchers can interact by sending comments and hearts.

The future of Periscope is unclear. Twitter acquired the video service in 2014. The next March, following the success of Meerkat, the now defunct live video company, Periscope was launched with a great degree of fanfare.

The social media company is trying to find greater footing in video. Periscope was actually preceded by Vine. Remember the seven second video looping application? Twitter never gave it a huge push and shut it down in October, 2016.

Twitter’s video platforms are facing stiff competition from Facebook Live. According to The Wall Street Journal , Facebook is paying more than $50 million to celebrities and publishers to broadcast videos and maintain a high level of notoriety for the service.

No separate app is needed for Facebook Live and Twitter seems to be following their lead. But is video losing its fancy?

According to The Verge , Facebook published a list of most watched year-end videos. While “Chewbacca Mom”, Candace Payne, made a huge impact at number one, the number ten spot has 88 per cent fewer views.

Periscope is still in development according to a spokesperson for the company in The Verge article. The spokesperson indicated an education process is still needed with potential broadcasters.

She said more people need not be afraid of airing their opinion or sharing their feelings. In all it can add up to better understanding among individuals.

To Twitter’s advantage, users may find it more exciting to watch videos of people they follow on Twitter than those of friends or distant relatives on Facebook.

It also seems more efficient to shift from standard messaging on Twitter to an integrated video application that is now easy to use.

Many television stations are now airing video broadcasts and news segments on Facebook Live. Why not shift to Twitter or at least utilize both platforms?

The option to turn every individual into some sort of broadcaster has its merits. Live video has its place and can be educational, entertaining and amusing.

Many platforms now feature video applications including Instagram, owned by Facebook, and Snapchat.

Yet the need for more of the same may soon reach its peak. While Twitter’s integrated video will certainly draw users, and may shift many away from other applications, it remains to be seen if Twitter can add to the real growth of live broadcasting or merely survive in a highly crowded universe of real-time players.

10 Secrets To Rob Traffic from Twitter

Despite the brilliance of your occasional tweets, somehow the world isn’t beating a path to your blog or website. What are others doing that you are not?

(Note: Wherever I say ‘blog’ in this article I’m including regular websites too as the strategies are the same.)

The question above is one I posed to myself some time ago, which led me to do some research and change my Twitter ways. You will be the lucky recipients of that research without having to do the work.

10 Secrets To Rob Traffic from Twitter2First you should know there are many strategies for building traffic on Twitter and your blog and many of them are circular; i.e. building a highly sought after blog will make your Twitter tweets more sought after and creating better tweets promoting your blog will send more traffic to your blog. It’s a win-win for the blog and Twitter and a big win for you.

There were almost as many strategies as there are experts but some are agreed on by pretty well everyone. Here are the ones I found to have the most ‘votes’. I’ve listed them in the order I think works best for an individuals’ blog.

1. Be active on Twitter

Use your first and last 15 minutes of each day to tweet, follow, and respond to your followers. Be tweeting before most people in your target audience have gone to work and again after they’ve returned home. Also, I live in the same time zone as my target audience so the beginning and end of my day fits in with their day too. However, if your target market lives in a different time zone, you need to make your time on Twitter suit your audience’s day. There’s a handy program called Tweet When that can help you with that.

2. Create an engaging Biography.

People like to interact with people, even when they’re ‘interacting’ electronically over great distances. Be sure you have a great Avatar, preferably a photo of you. If you’d rather not use your own face, use an image that says something about you. Just be sure whatever your Avatar is, it looks professional. If it’s a photo of you, make your face the focus. Keep in mind, this is the first way your readers, and hopefully soon-to-be followers, know anything about you. It’s that first impression that everyone remembers.

3. Include images

Twitter has moved on from being a text-only medium and you need to as well. Stunning, quirky, emotion-laden images are the most re-tweeted items out there and will bring lots of traffic to your blog to see and read more. This is particularly true for travel blogs where the scenery is often what draws people to visit.

4. Keep your Tweets shorter than the 140 characters

Short tweets allow re-tweeters to add their thoughts to yours and. surveys show that short tweets are much more likely to get re-tweeted.

5. While we’re talking about re-tweeting, don’t be shy – ask for one

Don’t ask every time, of course, but when you have something you feel is worth a wider audience, ask your followers for a re-tweet, known as an RT. It may not be what your mom taught you but in the Twitter verse you’ll find asking gets you way more ‘shares’. Become a re-tweeter yourself, particularly when you see your own blog mentioned.

6. Use quotes often, either from your own blog or from another source, such as

A famous person, book or movie.

Choose something wise, provocative, intriguing or interestingly controversial — just not something ugly or obnoxious.

7. Questions, like quotes, are a good way to spark interest

I once heard questions described as the spark plugs of conversation — and they are. One of the things we’ve learned from the Internet world is that people enjoy even the silliest of surveys so use that to your advantage. As with all things web traffic related, keep your questions focused on your blog’s subject or niche.

8. Add #Hash tags and @mentions to your posts

These Twitter features help spread the word. Hash tags are a way of creating a discussion theme. Just put a word or two behind a # symbol and people can take part in a discussion knowing they’re talking around the same subject. A @ mention allows you to include a Twitter user’s address, which is useful and flattering for directly tweeting to specific people.

9. Be sure to tweet about any contest happening on your blog.

Contests are a great way to get traffic to a blog and Twitter is a great way to advertise them. People love this kind of light-hearted engagement with sites. Be sure to mention your Twitter feed on your blog and anywhere else it makes sense, business cards, for example.

10. While we’re talking blogs, develop your Twitter niche to complement your blog’s theme.

This is easy if you’ve a travel-related blog but it still needs to be done even if your blog is less physically focused. Whatever your blog is about, Do your best to get emotions into your posts and tweets. Think of the things that have ‘gone viral’ these past years – funny cats are a good example. Here again, images are often the quickest way to capture the moment. Search Pinterest for pictures that tell the story.