Video sharing has become pretty popular, and people everywhere are sharing live footage from big events, concerts, breaking news and more.
Live video sharing has become more convenient since users can stream moments from apps on their smartphones and other devices. To help you choose which live video sharing app is the best for you, here’s the pros and cons of Snapchat, Periscope and Facebook Live.
Exclusive content. You can share and watch exclusive content. Instagram is decent for posting a few pictures and videos, but Snapchat is a great way to share everything that’s going on in your life. Snapchat has shared live event streaming from cities, basketball games, awards shows and political events. The app also allows you to be more close and personal with the individual(s) that you’re following.
No advertising. There are a few sponsored Snapchat advertisements, but users aren’t forced to open them. This is cool because more social media sites are forcing users to see and watch advertisements.
No data tracking. You can’t analyze or track anything on Snapchat. Most users have social media platforms to promote themselves and communicate. You’re able to see how many people viewed and screenshotted your snaps. There’s no way to track followers or how many people viewed your blog or website after viewing your snap.
Limited Features. Compared to Periscope and Facebook Live, Snapchat has limited features. Users can’t use hashtags or @ friends.
Transparency. Periscope helps users and companies share anything and everything. It allows people to be completely open with one another. Viewers see the behind-the-scenes of companies, celebrities and friends.
Share and engage. Users and viewers can share and engage with others that have the same interests. Broadcaster’s can read and answer their viewers questions and comments in real time.
Technical Issues. There has been a lot of reported technical issues with the app — like glitchy broadcasts. If your service is poor, videos will sometimes pause to buffer for a longtime throughout the video. Viewers want to feel like they’re watching events as it’s happening, and don’t want to be prevented from experiencing that with slow responses from Periscope’s server.
It’s new. Live streaming isn’t new, but Periscope is a new innovative way of communicating. The app is definitely growing. According to Omnicore Agency, Periscope has almost two million daily active users.
3. Facebook Live
Don’t need a new app. Users don’t have to download a separate app to access the live video feature, and it’s readily available when users press the update status button.
Interactive. Broadcasters can easily see who’s watching and view comments as they happen.
Not available to everyone yet. Facebook Live streaming is only available to iOS users. An Android version will be coming later this week, according to reports.