Wow. That was 15 minutes of madness.
I saw: - Devs coding incessantly on the Yahoo bus in SF - A girl walking through the rain in NYC - A dude in a baseball cap getting stoned and praising legalisation - A man driving a car in the sunshine and singing along to "Time to Get Away" by LCD Soundsystem - A guy feeding some cats - A speaker blaring out King Kunta - The views from a Twitter office somewhere.
That was pretty intense. Kind of like the feeling that Neo gets when he plugs himself into the matrix; just this huge swell of content happening everywhere. No order, just choice and chaos. Wow.
This could easily become a big deal.
Not sure I understand the Meerkat phenomenon.
Then again I don't understand the point of Snapchat either, but that hasn't stopped it from growing into a billion-dollar company.
I'm not sure I understand it either. I feel the same way about people watching people play video games via twitch.
I used to think that about Twitch, until someone made the parallel to sports. It's not much different from watching people play sports on TV.
Also the fact that video games, like sports, inspire a very passionate fan base. Twitch.tv is a very interactive and communal experience.
In that aspect I enjoy it, I enjoy competitions and watching pros, but watching someone play a single player rpg game like many do just doesn't seem right to me.
What happened was that Instagram and Facebook have become so fake (Catfish), people trying to get the best picture so they can become the best of themselves. Snapchat and these new apps are the opposite. They are honest and true self you. You cant upload edited pictures, and they are moments that live for a little while, not forever.
Very good point! Live video is exciting because it's completely unfiltered, unedited. Anything can happen. That's what makes it inherently interesting.
Until you make a script, rehearse, then get in a studio and press 'broadcast'. But yeah, in the early days these things are much more, 'raw', I guess.
Well most of your friends won't do that and on Snapchat and Meerkat you choose who you follow.
For now, yup :-)
I think this is the exactly the reason why Snapchat have so much success
this will be a much bigger deal for news than for selfies.
I'm planning to stream my bike rides.
I wish they explained what this is a bit more on their landing page. Still don't really get it.
All you need to know is that they have a dog on their about us page. This means they're totes serious!
It's new medium. It's something that we don't have natural, built in behavioral instincts for streaming live video. For actually being a broadcaster. But that's what makes it so much fun. That we have this new thing on our hands, and it's up to us to figure out how, when, where we'll use it.
App store link - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id972909677
(Link corrected. Thanks mods.)
I was more than confused.
Yeah I had that tab open from searching for their actual website and copied from the wrong one instead.
Total dunce moment - Sorry.
Anyone remember Qik?
Now you mention it... yup!
Neither this nor Meerkat is available on Android. Shame that they'd ignore such a huge group of smartphone users.
Meerkat for Android is coming soon :).
I was going to say "I bet they're both working on it right now". I mean, who in a startup isn't working on catching up their Android app?... https://dribbble.com/shots/1962415-Shuddle-for-Android-coming-soon?list=following&offset=0
Not supporting all platforms on day one is a lot different from ignoring them. It's far more sane to pick one, get things right, then port to other platforms after you've worked through some design iterations in the wild. Making the same mistakes on multiple platforms at the same time is a lot more costly than waiting a bit and then opening a new market that is already aware of you and has pent up demand.
I get that it sucks to not have something available to you, but there are often good reasons behind decisions like this.
The problem is that in our fast-paced tech society, by the time an app makes its way onto Android, it becomes slightly irrelevant. It certainly will lack the hype surrounding it from when it initially launched.
I don't think that's always true. Instagram was very late to Android and scored a million new accounts on their first day! And that's before they burst into an even wider audience being bought by Facebook.
There are certainly windows of opportunity, but let's be honest: if a product is only going to have one cycle before it's forgotten, then why bother? If you're making something that can sustain, then you'll have the time to arrive sequentially.
I didn't get this until I saw something on twitter about the NYC East Village explosion. Immediately there were multiple video feeds straight from the scene.
Unfortunately, neither Meerkat nor Periscope allows you to search by topic or even location. I can't believe they overlooked such a powerful feature! I couldn't find stuff related to the explosion from within the app.
I totally agree with the search feature missing. They will probably use twitter's backend for this function. I'm sure it's on their roadmap.
I think if they integrate it more with Twitter via it's social graph, it'll become quite powerful for social/news events. Right now, it feels a little like a silo with friend recommendations from Twitter.
I see this as one rushed and desperate action from them to try catch up with Facebook. Also I didn't read anyone saying they just copied Meerkat.
I honestly don't believe that they copied us. I think it's a natural progression: we have fast networking, our smartphones are fucking supercomputers, and general public seems to be more and more open to synchronous media. I think you'll see a lot of innovation in the area of real-time participation this year.
Good to hear that Jakub, keep the good work and congrats for the new funding round :)