Twitter is an excellent resource for keeping up with the latest news and connecting with individuals worldwide. Besides, Twitter has another fantastic feature; live videos. You can share your event with the public as it’s happening. Basically, going live on Twitter is more fun and engaging than reading through tweets since you interact with your audience and get comments live. It is also best for branding as it enables better customer relations. Basically, you can go live on Twitter whether you use the Twitter app or your computer’s web version. Are you ready to start live tweeting your thoughts and experiences on Twitter? Follow the steps below:
Method 1: Live Tweeting With Twitter’s App
Using the Twitter app on your Android or iOS phone is the easiest way to go live on Twitter. However, having a stable internet connection and a quality camera phone is crucial for this method. The procedure is as follows on Android:
Step 1: Download the Twitter App
Step 2: Open the Compose Field
Tap the plus sign at the bottom right corner of the screen and select tweet to open the compose field.
Step 3: Open the Live Recording Field
Tap the camera icon in the compose field, then grant Twitter permission to access your camera and microphone to enable live recording.
Step 4: Add a Location and Title
Tap “add location” to select your ideal location for this live stream, then click “what’s happening” to enter a brief description or title that includes hashtags or keywords to make the live video more discoverable in Twitter searches. This step is optional; the live recording will still work without the location or details.
Step 5: Go Live
Tap the recycle-like icon at the top, then tap “Go Live” at the bottom to begin your live recording. Besides, you can change the camera view (rear-facing or front-facing) while recording the live video.
Step 6: Stop the Recording
Once you’re done recording, tap the stop button at the top left of the screen and confirm the action by selecting “Stop Broadcast”. You can save the video and tweet it later from your account. You can also make edits, such as renaming the video or editing the start and the end points of the video.
For a comprehensive walkthrough of how to go live on Twitter through the app, check out this video:
Method 2: Go Live on Twitter Web
Going live on a computer is more complex than on the Twitter app. The web version lacks an inbuilt streaming feature similar to the phone’s Twitter app. Additionally, you must use third-party tools to go live on Twitter’s web version.
Here is how to use Restream third-party software to enable you to go live on Twitter using your computer.
Step 1: Get a Restream Account
Log in to Restream.io by entering your account, or create an account by entering your email and password.
Step 2: Select the Twitter Channel
On the home page, select “add channel”, and then, on the page that opens, choose “Twitter”.
Step 3: Connect to Twitter
Tap “Connect Twitter”, and when prompted to allow Restream to access your Twitter account. Grant the permission when requested.
Step 4: Start the Live Recording
Return to the home page and select “Stream with studio” to start your live recording. Allow Restream to access your camera and microphone to continue. It will automatically turn on the camera and microphone.
Step 5: Go Live
Select “Enter studio” to open a new page. Click “Go live” to start the live recording. This video will automatically broadcast on your Twitter page.
Other third-party apps that you can use to livestream are OBS, SociaLive, Wirecast, Epiphan, and Blackmagic. However, ensure the third-party websites are trustworthy since they’ll access your Twitter account.
How to Make Your Account Public
Your Twitter account needs to be public for you to go live on Twitter through the mobile app or a third-party website on your computer. You can confirm that your account is public by checking whether a small lock is next to your username. If there is a lock, then it means that your account is private, and you cannot go live on Twitter. Use these steps to make your account public.
Step 1: Go to Settings and Privacy on Twitter
Under “Settings and Support”, select “Settings and Privacy” from the left side menu.
Step 2: Go to Audience and Tagging
Under “Settings and privacy”, select “Privacy and safety”, and then to “Audience and tagging”.
Step 3: Make Tweets Public
Uncheck the box next to “Protect your Tweets” to make your Twitter account public. Now, you can go live on Twitter.
Activities to Perform While Live on Twitter
Twitter has several features that make your live broadcast more engaging and exciting. These features include:
- You can invite guests to your live broadcast. Choose followers to join your broadcast and select invite Guest.
- You can also block someone to prevent them from viewing or commenting on your video. Go to their profile, click the gear symbol for options, and tap “Block user”.
- You can hide some comments and replies by selecting the comment, opening the menu icon, and selecting “Hide comment”. This will stop the comment from appearing among the other comments (during or after the video recording).
What to Do After Your Live Broadcast
- After your live broadcast, the video is automatically posted as a tweet in your Twitter feeds. You can save the video to your device’s gallery by tapping “Save to camera roll”.
- After live recording, you can edit or share the video by changing its name, adjusting its starting and ending points, or restructuring it.
- Check the statistics of the video during the live stream. This includes how many people watched the video and how long the broadcast lasted.
A fun and engaging way to interact in real-time with your followers and friends is through Twitter’s live broadcast feature. You can use the Twitter app on a computer or mobile device. Remember to make your account public and have a strong internet connection before going live on Twitter.
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