If you pull someone away from an eight-minute Saturday Night Live clip, the odds of it being a 60-second feed from some extremely bored guy’s basement had better be pretty low.And the odds of the viewer being repulsed or annoyed enough to close the app had better be close to zero., rapper Birdman stopped by Wendy Williams’ daytime chat show Tuesday — but didn’t quite set the record straight.Williams started off gently, asking the 49-year-old Cash Money founder if he and Braxton, 50, are a couple.Of course, You Tube already lets people tune into live video feeds.
Relationship rumors first began swirling around the couple after the “Breathe Again” singer and the rapper were spotted getting cozy at the 2016 BET Awards.Live Streaming provides opportunities for broadcasters to display their gameplay, game play-through, or other topics-of-interest in real time; a.k.a., live.Most live stream broadcasts typically associate a chat room portal through which viewers may directly interact with one another, as well as the broadcaster, in real time.Even Instagram is in on it: Photos of lattes and sunsets are now supplemented with endless live feeds from brunch, protests, and our friends’ apartments. That’s a tiny sliver of You Tube’s user base, but the company promises to extend live video—along with its new “Super Chat” pay-to-highlight messaging and monetization feature—to all of its users this year.Limiting live video to You Tube stars may seem overly cautious, if not downright sluggish (especially considering how late the company is to this game). And then there’s the subset of it that makes you question whether mobile live-streaming should exist at all.But this type of slow-paced iterative rollout of new features is pretty standard for platforms of You Tube’s size, and for good reason. If you’ve ever scrolled through the current live streams on Periscope, you know how varied the results can be when you let anyone with a smartphone broadcast to the whole world. If you think things can get odd or questionable on Periscope, just imagine what would happen if millions of You Tube users suddenly had the option to “go live.” How would they wield that power?A post-traumatic flashback to Chat Roulette comes to mind, and that wouldn’t even be the worst-case scenario.In 2015, Meerkat was the talk of South By Southwest and Twitter quickly responded by launching its own live-streaming app, Periscope.Now it’s practically normal: We can watch news events unfold live on Periscope and groan every time one of our friends goes live on Facebook. Today, You Tube announced that it’s rolling out live video to people with 10,000 or more subscribers.If You Tube doesn’t do something to tame the vitriol, expect a fair amount of hate speech and abuse to accompany the further democratization of live broadcasting. In today’s political climate especially, hot-headed online discourse and outright harassment are common features across social networks and media sites of all stripes.For its part, Twitter is in the process of tweaking its abuse report tools and policies in a long-overdue bid to fix one of its nastiest problems now that neo-Nazis feel unusually empowered there.