Everything You Need To Know About Meerkat In 1 Simple List

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Everyone seems to be talking about Meerkat. What is Meerkat? Are you missing out? Is it even something you should care about in the first place? Whose using Meerkat? More importantly, how do you use Meerkat? What can’t you do on Meerkat? Don’t worry, DailyTekk has you covered. Here’s a complete beginner’s guide to Meerkat:

  1. Meerkat lets people stream live video on Twitter.
  2. Using Meerkat to stream live video is called Meerkating (think tweeting).
  3. Meerkat streams are ephemeral (short-lived)—if you miss a live stream, too bad.
  4. Unless you add the hashtag #katch in which case your video will be saved on YouTube.
  5. Actually, you CAN store your streams locally on your phone. Just not in the cloud.
  6. You can watch random Meerkating via Meerkat Roulette.
  7. Or you can browse for live Meerkat streams on MeerkatStreams.com.
  8. Celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Roker are on Meerkat.
  9. Meerkat got really popular, really quick thanks to SXSW.
  10. But before it blew up at SXSW, Meerkat topped the charts on Product Hunt.
  11. Ben Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of Meerkat.
  12. Ben likes to describe what Meerkat facilitates as “spontaneous togetherness.”
  13. It is possible to schedule an upcoming stream.
  14. Meerkat isn’t as ephemeral as it’s livestreams: the service just raised $14 million dollars.
  15. If you’re watching a live Meerkat stream you can restream to your own Twitter followers.
  16. Things you can’t do on Meerkat: impersonate another person, violate copyright or someone’s privacy, promote illegal activities or harass, abuse or spam people.
  17. Direct people you would like to have as followers to meerkatapp.co/yourusername.
  18. You don’t have to hold the phone in portrait mode—try giving landscape a try while filming.
  19. There aren’t any Instagram-style filters on Meerkat so what you stream is what you get.
  20. Meerkat has very similar color scheme to Snapchat, another ephemeral messaging service.
  21. Meerkat users own their content but give Meerkat a world-wide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license.
  22. Twitter is in direct competition with Meerkat after it purchased an app called Periscope.
  23. The purpose of Meerkat, in their own words: “We aspire to become the most comprehensive and most impactful participatory live streaming community.”
  24. Try using the search function to find people you may know on Meerkat.
  25. Privacy on Meerkat? Non-existent. Any Twitter user can watch your livestream.
  26. Meerkat will probably track how you interact with links within the service (according to it’s terms).
  27. Meerkat will comply with “reasonable” law enforcement requests to obtain your information.
  28. Speaking of law enforcement, a guy named Paige Craig livestreamed an arrest on Meerkat.
  29. If you love Meerkat, you can buy an official t-shirt for $10.99.
  30. And to think… Meerkat started out as a side project!

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