Much ink has been spilt and much tears have even been shed following Twitter’s announcement of the demise of Vine, the once wildly popular app for sharing six-second looping videos. But Vine’s creators, Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov, are apparently not ones to sulk over the app’s sad fate. Just a week after said announcement, the pair released their new app, the live-streaming app Hype. Now the question is, is it worth the hype?
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Hype is a live-streaming app, and as such competes against the likes of Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live. With it you can broadcast videos of yourself and your surroundings for others to see in real time. You can also opt to make broadcasts available to watch after they’ve ended through replays. Subscribers get notified of new live streams, and hosts can also share their broadcasts on Twitter. But Hype also has quite a few tricks up its sleeves that set it apart from the rest of the apps in the mobile live-streaming space.
Hype packs some features that make live streaming more, well, lively. In addition to the video being streamed live, the app lets you include other media types such as photos, GIFs, text, emojis, music, and even more videos as themed backgrounds. What’s more, it takes audience participation to a new level by allowing broadcasters to feature viewer comments right within their videos for all to see. Audience members are also able to let hosts what they’re liking by tapping and conjuring sparkles on screen.
Photos, GIFs, and more
Hype offers various tools to let you get creative with your live streams and elevate them above and beyond boring videos. Incorporate text, emojis, photos, GIFs, music, and even other videos through themed backgrounds.
Want to let broadcasters know that you're liking what you're seeing in their live streams? Just tap a spot on the screen to make it come alive with sparkles.
With Hype, audience members can also get to star in videos. Hosts can feature their favorite comments right within their live streams to make viewer feedback part of the stories as well.
Hype truly is not just another live streaming app. Sure, it basically lets users do what they can already do with such apps as Periscope and Facebook Live. But it has a lot more to offer in terms of enriching the way broadcasters tell their stories to their audiences. Photos, GIFs, music, and even viewer comments can be incorporated into live streams. Overall, these make for a more interactive experience for broadcasters and audience members alike.