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.
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“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.