Sunday, March 15, 2015

What is the Meerkat App?

Meerkat - Tweet Live Video App made by Life on Air, Inc.

Meerkat is an iPhone app that allows you to stream live video from your phone. The video can be watched from a web browser but the full social experience takes place while watching the stream from the iPhone app.

When you push steam a link is created on posted on your Twitter feed  /______ .
If your followers have the Meekat app installed they will get a push notification that you have begun live streaming.  You can also schedule a stream and a cue will show up in the app.

Whatever happens on Meerkat also happens on Twitter.  So things you type into the chat are tweeted. Favoriting the feed favorites the tweet that announced the Meerkat stream. 

Ready to Meerkat?

You see the tweet "LIVE NOW" with the #meekat hashtag and short URL to the video stream.

You click the link and the stream gets grabbed!

Or in your Meerkat app you will see the play icon:

On the app streaming begins:

Then stops....

and begins again...

and goes to audio only...

and begins again .... in out several times.   Especially if the "caster" is moving.

The chat makes it interesting and the sound quality is good.  The stream quality varies probably because of the senders connection.   

You can view on a web browser and smart phones and Android browsers but you can't chat or see the chat stream.   The proportion makes the stream look very low quality too. 

Other Features of Meekat App

Leaderboard with a score.  The score seems like a way to reward you for streaming a clean and interesting video.  It's not clear how it gets added up.

Meerkat T&C

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