Here’s a relatively small change, though it will affect some users. Today, Twitter announced it was removing the guest option for live video streaming, allowing users to add guests with only sound to their live streams.
As of today, we are removing the option to invite guests when you go live, in order to improve the quality of your video transmission. ????
Your viewers can still communicate with you via chat and heart. https://t.co/bymoq55VIy
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) October 5, 2021
As you can see from the original tweet in this chain, Twitter launched this feature in March last year, helping to meet the growing interest in connecting live. Although even at launch, Twitter’s audio guest option was already well behind the functionality available in other apps.
At the time, Zoom emerged as a live meeting platform that allowed multiple video attendees at once, while Instagram and Facebook also provide streaming streams with video guests (though it’s worth noting that Facebook withdrew this option in late 2019, before returning due to a pandemic ).
This meant that people already had a lot of options to connect via live streaming, with a full video feature, so as such maybe the Twitter option of audio guests just didn’t catch on and didn’t meet the requirement, which is why Twitter is removing it.
I mean, I guess the usage was relatively low, otherwise Twitter would have kept it – but as Twitter notes, the main reason for removing its live guest option is that it will better allow Twitter to improve its video playback quality, which has been in place lately. focus.
Interestingly, Facebook just today announced a new option for streaming games to share with friends, highlighting the demand for this type of interaction — so clearly that there is interest in video connectivity. Just not a video connection to audio, or at least not enough to exceed the server requirements that would facilitate better video quality.
Again, it’s probably not a big loss, and if you want to have audio guests, you now have Twitter spaces to fill that gap. You can still stream, on Twitter or elsewhere, and satisfy all the different uses, you just can’t have audio calls eavesdropping on your Twitter broadcasts.
This could mean a change of focus or planning, but the impacts are likely minimal.
Twitter says the update will take effect from today.
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