Last week we looked at the best tools to share your video clips using Twitter.
As a natural progression, this week we’re going to look at the tools that will allow you to start your own Twitter based live TV channel.
Live video streaming has been around for a while, but in recent months a number of these services have started to integrate with Twitter to create a powerful broadcasting platform.
So here are the leading services that will allow you to combine the promotional power of Twitter with live video streaming.
Just sign into Twitcam using your Twitter login details, then your webcam can capture the live video stream while Twitcam broadcasts it to the world and automatically tweets out the link to your followers.
But it gets even better…
When people view your live video stream, they can login to Twitcam with their own Twitter details and interact with other viewers using an integrated chat function which simultaneously updates their own Twitter account.
As you can imagine, when more people get used to the concept of Twitter based streaming, quality live video content has the potential to go viral and reach a significant number of viewers around the world.
At present, TwitCam doesn’t provide any options to customize the chat room of your new TV channel either in terms of looks or the urls that it uses. However, these issues are likely to be solved in the future as Twitter based video streaming continues to grow in popularity.
Another notable absence for such a high quality Twitter related service is the lack of support for the OAuth login system.
Once you login to CamTweet using your Twitter details, a couple of clicks and the system will stream your video content live to the web and let your followers know that you’re live on air. Your viewers can then take part in the Twitter based chat which will help to promote your live show to an even wider audience.
Finally, it’s worth bearing in mind that the other major live streaming service provided by Ustream provides a Twitter chat function in addition to its own social networking features.
This is an exciting area to watch as it effectively allows you to launch your own live TV channel, using the Twitter network to record the interaction between your viewers at the same time as promoting it to their followers.
Provided the content of your video stream is relevant and of good quality, the connection between video streaming and Twitter will allow your live TV channel to develop a significant number of viewers within a short period.
In fact, within a few short months, the best shows will have more viewers than some of the minor television channels in certain countries.
The other interesting thing related to all these developments is what they say about the way the market feels about the future prospects for Twitter.
Despite having cutting edge technology and a powerful business model in a rapidly growing sector, these video streaming businesses have chosen to spend significant amounts of time and money releasing major Twitter based versions of their core product.
If they’re correct, the Twitter phenomenon will continue to grow and remain one of the leading communication platforms for many years to come.
Have you used any of these live video streaming services? Have you used Twitter to promote your own TV channel? Share your experiences and your predictions for the future development of this technology using the comment system below.