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What does the Twitter live streaming app Meerkat actually do?

Hansel. So hot right now.

Meerkat is, in Zoolander-speak, so hot right now. The Twitter live streaming app has been picking up thousands of users all week, with media coverage to match.

So why all the fuss? It’s hard to say. Technically Meerkat doesn’t break any new ground: Twitcasting (an app I’ve always particularly liked) has been around since 2010 and has gained particular popularity in Japan, while Twitcam has been around even longer.

For the past week I’ve been playing with the app and get a feel for its strengths and weaknesses. Below is a video summing up some of my impressions so far – and also showing what a streamed video looks like when you save it and upload it to the web (with some added YouTube annotations). Continue reading