It seems like new live video apps are popping up every day. Facebook just released Facebook Live, although it’s been limited to celebrities and high profile public figures like Gary Vaynerchuk and Chalene Johnson. There is, however, another new player on the market: Blab.
While, personally, I’m not loving the name (or the fact that they refer to the two hands in the air praise emoji as “feels”), I do think that there is potential for this relatively new live-streaming service.
The little-known website, Blab.im, is similar to Periscope and Meerkat, except that it allows four users to chat simultaneously (you kind of feel like you’re in an episode of the Brady Bunch) and viewers can even swap out for one of the four seats.
To try it out, sign in to Blab with your Twitter account. When a new viewer tries to join your four-person chat, the person who created the Blab can choose to accept or deny them entry to the broadcast. They also have the option to save the chat for viewing afterwards, if they so choose.
In a way, you could compare the service to a Google Hangout. However, it is closely linked to Twitter, leveraging your community there, and is actually much easier than Google Plus or Skype.
This tool is going to be extremely useful for debating important topics. I’ll also be interested to see if political debates become a common occurrence (the election debates are going to start heating up).
I’m already seeing mastermind sessions being held on Blab as well as panel discussions. People are even using it to collaborate on music!
Available online or as a mobile app for iOS (you have to download it on the Blab site since it’s not yet available in the app store). Keep in mind that it’s in beta so improvements are still being made. Currently there are only two categories for Blabs, tech and general, but there’s already a lot of activity happening so you should definitely take a peek.
Will it weather the sudden surge of live-streaming apps?
I definitely think Periscope has the biggest foothold with Meerkat now far behind. Still, there’s a lot of buzz online right now around Blab and the many possible uses, so only time will tell!
What do you think? Do you think that Blab is just a passing phase? Do you think it will last? Would you use it for your business?