Twitter, Periscope Do a 360

Add new wrinkle to live streaming service
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Periscope joined the 360-degree crowd this week by allowing users to join live 360 videos being delivered via Periscope and Twitter.  

Live 360 videos features on Twitter and Periscope will be marked with a special badge, indicating to viewers that they can alter the point of view by moving their smartphones or scrolling around the screen, Periscope noted in this blog post.

Earlier this month, Twitter added a feature for iOS and Android that lets users create and tweet Periscope-powered live video directly from the Twitter app.

Periscope said it’s testing live 360 broadcasts with a “small group of partners,” and expects to roll out the feature more broadly in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Alex Pettitt sent out a 360-degree video showing a sunset in Florida, touting it as the first-ever 360 video delivered via the new service:

360 Sunset in Florida. First ever #Periscope360 with @Brandee_Anthony

— Alex Pettitt (@Alexpettitt) December 28, 2016

Twitter and Periscope are the latest in the social media and OTT realm to spark a 360 movement. For example, YouTube recently added a live streaming option that allows users to offer both standard and 360-degree videos in 4K, and Facebook also enables publishers and content providers to share video in the 360-degree format.