Periscope finally becomes navigable with new world map

4 Jun 2015

Since launching, Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope has, frankly, been rather difficult to navigate and find a stream you actually want, but now the developers have finally added a world map to allow you to choose where you want to look.

Relaunched last March, the app exploded in popularity due to its association with Twitter, which bought the app for US$100m, despite similar services including Meerkat already established on the scene.

Since then, it has grown in stature, with news organisations and celebrities using the app, with some even questioning what impact its growth will have for exclusivity rights for events and content in the future.

However, for the regular user, the stream of live feeds has been for the most part pretty unfriendly to navigate, with the majority of streams listed as just text, often times in languages many people might not be able to understand.

Periscope world map

So finally, the company announced on Medium that, as of today, iOS users (and eventually Android) will be able to navigate a map of the world and choose where they’d like to see streams from.

While pleasing to the eyes of cartographers, the update should also allow for easier finding of the streams people might want to see, such as those coming from a particular city where a natural disaster has happened to get the latest news, or watch Mardi Gras in New Orleans from a first-person perspective.

Globe image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic