Twitter’s live-streaming video service Periscope is finally taking a leaf out of rivals’ books by introducing a tipping feature to help broadcasters make money.
It’s called ‘Super Hearts’ and launched yesterday within Periscope’s Android and iOS apps.
“Super Hearts are new types of hearts that are larger, animated and more fun to give,” is how Periscope explained the feature, which builds on the existing way of showing appreciation for a broadcast by tapping a heart icon.
To get them, viewers have to buy ‘coins’ via in-app purchase, which can then be spent on the various hearts. Periscope broadcasters will be able to see a league table of which viewers have sent them the most super hearts.
More importantly, some of those broadcasters – the ones accepted into Periscope’s new ‘Super Broadcaster’ program – will see super hearts converted into a ‘star balance’ and then into money.
It’s a bit fiddly: viewers spend real money on virtual coins to send animated hearts which contribute to a star balance which can be converted into real money. For now, only US residents who’ve broadcasted at least five times on Periscope in the previous month can apply.