Periscope, Meerkat and Blab: why you should use social video streaming

Instagram might be the coolest social network right now, and Vine still popular with creatives, but forget your regular videos and stills – 2015 has all been about video streaming. Two new apps, Periscope and Meerkat, burst dramatically onto the social media scene this spring – Meerkat was officially launched at SXSW festival while Periscope, bought by Twitter in January, was launched in March. The two immediately went head to head for users but while there are no official usage figures, Periscope appears to be winning out.

Launched in August and still in beta, Blab may be one you've heard less about but its early take-up is helping boost the new trend for live streaming. Here's a closer look at all three.

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