Meerkat or Periscope who will dominate the streaming video category?
Meerkat is easy to use.
As easy to use as Meerkat is, it’s also almost completely reliant on Twitter integration to operate. And since Twitter decided to get into the water with its own livestreaming app, the social network has blocked Meerkat’s access to some of the features that other (non-competing) apps have. For instance, Twitter no longer lets Meerkat show new users which of their Twitter followers also use the video sharing service. (Early adopters, take note: You may see your Twitter followers on Meerkat, but that’s because you got in before the social network turned off this feature.)
Both companies say theirs is a serendipitous rivalry and a boon to a field that until recently had trouble gaining mass acceptance.
Previous live streaming failed to create a buzz
Previous attempts at personal live streams, such as Justin.tv and Yevvo, an earlier effort by Mr. Rubin, ultimately fizzled. But, a combination of faster connection speeds, the proliferation of smartphones and, most important, people’s general acceptance of sharing their personal lives, has paved the way for live-streaming to take off.
It’s also unclear whether the act of broadcasting a live video of oneself is a novelty. In two months from now, livestreaming could be as irrelevant as Yo, Ello and Secret. Perhaps a more salient example is Turntable.fm, a fun, engaging music site which went viral for a summer. It quickly faded away because, just like the livestreaming apps, it was too engaging.
Till then, Meerkat and Periscope will duke it out, using their powerful friends as best they can. So Pick your team.