Twitter has recently released a rebranded Periscope app for the iPhone, just a few months after the social media giant acquired the app’s original developer. The app lets users stream live broadcasts to Twitter followers much like its chief rival, Meerkat.

As of right now, there appear to be several differences with Periscope and Meerkat. The differences include the ability to decide whether the videos are shared only with periscope users or all Twitter followers coupled with the option to further limit broadcasts to select individuals. While a broadcast is in progress, chats are kept within the stream rather than posted to Twitter, allowing viewers to send “heats” and raise a person higher on the “Most Loved List” which is quite similar to Meerkat’s leaderboard functionality. Another difference is the ability to make a stream available for replay with comments and hearts for up to 24 hours (with the option of being deleted at will).

With the Periscope app, users can find people to follow based on user’s Twitter network and choose to un-follow a person on Periscope without it affected their status on Twitter. As with many other apps nowadays, preferences can be toggled to stop streaming notifications as well. Similar to other video based platforms, the front of the interface provides suggestions for ongoing streams to watch and quick menus for starting a broadcast or finding people to follow. Before launching a stream, users are given the option to toggle whether the camera, microphone and/or location sharing are on.

It should be noted that there has been some controversy around the topic, particularly when Twitter cut off Meerkat’s access to the Twitter social graph, a move which took away some of Meerkat’s basic features and functions. The developers behind Meerkat have tried to work around some of the obstacles since then.

Those of you interested in downloading and trying Periscope can do so for free. The app requires you to have at least iOS 7.1 to download. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Periscope app is currently iPhone-only and doesn’t have any native iPad functionality, unlike Meerkat, which supports both the iPhone and iPad.

Source: iTunes (Periscope)