CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
Having a dedicated and larger surface for chat would afford us the ability to allow users to easily access previous messages — this was the first time Periscope messages wouldn’t be ephemeral which was a fundamental change. A few things we had to consider were:
- How do we treat messages that have been blocked?
- Can we allow users to scrub a video via a message time code?
- How might we help viewers better report offensive comments and profiles?
Some felt the hearts over the broadcast were still distracting while over the broadcast. I explored moving them to chat but ended up not going this route — we nixed this idea. Ultimately, it just didn’t feel like Periscope without the hearts over the broadcast.
This now additionally lives on as the live video viewer for Twitter and is still used by millions of people.
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