It's been over a year since Twitter originally launched the Periscope live streaming app and while many users were satisfied with the app itself, streaming for one's Twitter audience still wasn't as simple as it could have been. "Wasn't" is the keyword here as that's all in the past now. As of yesterday, the Periscope button is available to all users of the Android Twitter app. Taking advantage of it cannot be simpler - if you want to start a livestream for your Twitter audience, all you have to do is tap the "Live" button in the Twitter media picker in order to switch to the Periscope app and start your surely interesting and engaging online broadcast.
Of course, in order to take advantage of the new Periscope button, you're going to have to make sure your Twitter Android app is up to date. Other than that, those who attempt to start a Periscope broadcast by tapping the said button without actually having Periscope installed on their phone will be brought to a screen offering them to download the said app from the Google Play Store. While Twitter has definitely implemented this feature primarily in order to promote its live streaming app to people who've never heard of it, existing users of Periscope will still probably find the new option quite convenient given how many of them usually want to start broadcasting after they've seen something on Twitter. All in all, this seems like a win-win scenario for everyone - veteran streamers get to seamlessly transition between Twitter and Periscope and those who've never heard of the Twitter-owned app may be intrigued enough to try it. Of course, when they do - they also get to seamlessly transition between Twitter and Periscope. What's not to love?
The fact that this new feature just became available to all users of the Android Twitter app isn't particularly surprising given how the San Francisco-based company started experimenting with a built-in Periscope button in select markets last month. However, the sole speed at which the button arrived in the app worldwide definitely is as Twitter usually takes its time with implementing new features into its microblogging app. Does that mean the company is super confident about the usefulness and stability of its Twitter Periscope button? Yeah, probably.