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Your pals can broadcast during your Meerkat streams, if you let them

Billy Steele
July 8, 2015
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To let viewers feel like they're part of the action, Meerkat announced a new feature that lets you ask for some crowd participation. The video-streaming app now has a Cameo tool that'll allow broadcasters to hand the reins over to viewers for up to a minute. "It's a simple yet powerful way to create a deeper human connection with people — going from 'broadcasting to' towards 'broadcasting with,'" the company said in a blog post. The ability to highjack streams popped up back in March and was quickly nixed. Now, it's an actual feature, which makes me wonder if someone flipped the switch a little early.

To invite someone to join, you can visit a user's profile or comment with "Cameo @username." Once accepted, the invitee takes over for up to 60 seconds. When the Cameo time is up, or when you've had enough and end it manually, the stream goes back to you. What's more, you can also link your Facebook profile to be notified when friends and Pages you follow are streaming. There's also easy access to your library of videos too, so that you can decide what's public and what's not right after a broadcast.

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