If your social media startup uses Twitter as a link to the people, then you run the risk of getting your lifeline cut off should you get too popular. After all, Twitter tried to crowd Instagram out with Twitter Video, Picture Sharing and Vine, and the social network is now trying to supplant Meerkat with Periscope. It's one of the reasons that, in its most recent update, Meerkat has broken its close association with the site, making a Twitter account entirely optional.
Even better, is that users can now post their live video streams to Facebook, and you'll also be able to find users who are in your phone book. It's previously been quite an issue, since Twitter cut off Meerkat's access to the social graph, making finding your friends that little bit harder. The updated Meerkat is available in the App Store (or, you know, on your phone), and we can presume these features will also hit the Android beta at some point in the future, too.
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