WASHINGTON – Micro-blogging site Twitter began streaming 360-degree video on Wednesday, allowing users to interact and experience the live broadcast feature through its platform.
“Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what’s happening with them,” Twitter´s Alessandro Sabatelli said in a blog post.
“You´ll be able to get an inside look with well-known personalities and go behind the scenes at exclusive events,” the statement added.
The first such video was delivered over Twitter´s live Periscope application from broadcaster Alex Pettitt, showing a Florida sunset, while allowing users to see it from different angles by clicking on the stream.
“With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around — it´s one step closer to actually being there,” the Periscope team said in a blog post.
Earlier this year Twitter’s rival, Facebook began streaming 360-degree videos, which require a special set of cameras to capture surroundings.
Twitter said it was testing 360 broadcasts with a small group of partners and will be unveiling the feature more broadly during the coming days.
“Live 360 video isn´t just about taking you to places you´ve never been; it´s about connecting you with people and letting you experience something new with them,” the Periscope team said.