Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip. This week I want to show you how to create live videos on Twitter.
With the announcement of its new live-streaming option, which will enable users to add audio-only guests into their streams, I thought it might be helpful to go through the steps needed to create live videos on Twitter. I’ve also included instructions on how to add a guest to your broadcast and how to share your video with followers.
How to start a live video
- Swipe left from the home timeline or tap from the composer.
- Tap the live mode at the bottom selector.
- To go live with audio but not video, tap the microphone at the top right. This will turn off the camera, and you’ll be heard by viewers, but not seen.
- Fill in an optional description that will appear as a Tweet, and a location if desired. Then press Go live.
- Your live broadcast, with description and location (if added), will appear in a Tweet in your follower’s timeline and on your profile.
How to end a live video
You can end a live video at any time by pressing the Stop button on the top left and confirming your action in the menu that comes up. Your live videos will automatically be posted as a Tweet when you go live. You can also save your live video right to your device’s camera roll at the end of your live video by tapping Save to camera roll.
How to add a guest to live video
When enabled, viewers of the live broadcast can request to join as a guest. Up to 3 guests can participate in a live broadcast at one time. Broadcasters can choose to turn off the camera, and participate as audio only. Guests will participate with audio, and can be heard by all viewers.
To start a live broadcast with guests:
- Open the camera by swiping left from your timeline.
- Tap the Live mode at the bottom.
- To allow live viewers to request to join your broadcast, tap the icon on the upper right.
- Tap Go LIVE to begin your broadcast.
- When a viewer has asked to join your broadcast, a notification will appear in the chat. You can also view the call-in list by tapping the icon on the bottom bar and see every viewer who has requested to join the broadcast.
- Tap the ± to add them to the broadcast. There will be a 5 second countdown before they join.
- To remove a guest from the broadcast, tap the X on the top right of their avatar.
To join a live broadcast as a guest
- While watching a live broadcast that has guests enabled, tap the icon, then tap Ask to join.
- The broadcaster must approve your request to join as a guest.
- Once accepted, a 5-second countdown will appear onscreen before you are added to the broadcast. If you choose not to join, tap Cancel.
- Your audio will be heard by all viewers of the broadcast.
To leave the broadcast as a guest
To exit the live broadcast as a guest, tap on the icon on the bottom, and select Hang up, or simply tap the X at the top left of the screen. When you leave the broadcast as a guest, you can continue to watch the live broadcast as a viewer.
How to share a live broadcast or replay
Your live video can go anywhere that a Tweet can go. This means that it’ll be searchable in the Twitter app, on the Twitter website, and it can be embedded on other websites just like any other Tweet. It will also exist and be searchable on Periscope, which powers live videos on Twitter.
From the live video or replay full-screen mode, click or tap the share icon then choose between the following options:
- Click or tap Share Live (when live) or Share From Beginning (when in replay mode) to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a full live video or replay from the beginning.
- Click or tap Share from… to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a live video or replay starting at a point chosen using the selection bar.
How to edit your videos
In the Twitter for iOS and Android apps, you can change the title, thumbnail image, and set a custom starting point after ending a broadcast. To get started, tap on the broadcast you’d like to edit. Tap on the overflow menu, then tap the Edit Broadcast option. Once you make your changes you’ll be prompted to save.
Keep in mind that broadcast titles can only be edited up to three times. Additionally, it will take up to 15 minutes for edits to appear in Twitter, and up to a minute for them to appear in Periscope.
Here’s to your social media success!