Perisocope and Meerkat: A tale of two live-streaming apps

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Meerkat. Periscope.

CHICAGO — There are two apps that make it really easy to live stream whatever you’re doing, wherever you are.

Meerkat and Periscope both directly link to Twitter accounts, but the one advantage Periscope has is that it is Twitter’s own creation.

Meerkat first rose to popularity during the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in early March. Just a few weeks later, Twitter launched its live-streaming app, Periscope. Despite Meerkcat’s recent influx of funding, it seems like Periscope is gaining more traction. The app launched Thursday, and on Friday night, the app broke into U.S. iPhone top-30 chart.

On a personal note, I like Periscope better. The design is sleeker, and the ability to “like” a stream multiple times on Periscope is a cool way to let a user know that you like what he or she is streaming.

Download Meerkat here.

Download Periscope here.

NOTE: Both apps are only available on iOS at the moment. I imagine Android versions are coming soon.

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