The future of sharing live video through social media is definitely heating up through apps like Periscope and Meerkat. Basically these apps turn your phone into a live streaming webcam that you can use to share whatever you want to the world. Although Ustream and Youtube have already allowed users to stream live video from other devices like a GoPro, Meerkat is about to make things a lot more interesting by being the first native app to broadcast from the sports camera. This could make social media way more interesting to watch.
Although the latest Meerkat app is still in beta testing, from the video below it looks like tethering to your GoPro will be super easy. Imagine all the unique live video streams we will have once people start broadcasting from waterparks, airplanes, quadcopters, cams mounted to athletes, and all sorts of other "extreme" locations. As long as you have a good WiFi connection you should be able to tether your GoPro to your phone and then use your phone's cellular data to broadcast some pretty neat footage.
Those who have access to this beta release are saying that the only GoPro currently setup for tethering is the older GoPro 3 Hero but with the popularity of the GoPro Hero 4 cameras, you can expect more camera models to be included in the public release.
What are your thoughts on live video streaming to social media? Fstoppers has a Periscope account (search and add Fstoppers), and we occasionally live stream from our events, photoshoots, and headquarters from time to time. While Periscope and Meerkat do have a massive potential for broadcasting free behind the scenes and educational material, both platforms can also feel incredibly self centered. In doing our own broadcasts, we have found there is a very fine line between sharing an interesting or unique live experience and just coming across as a social media narcissist. Will the addition of small waterproof action cameras make social media apps like Meerkat and Periscope even more exciting or will it simply make the whole experience even more obnoxious and egotistical?