A few months ago, Periscope took the online video streaming world by storm. Since then, it has been Blab that has been the big deal, and that is attracting all of the media attention.
Blab.im allows users to stream video interviews using their mobile, desktop PC or tablet. This makes it different to Periscope and Meerkat, because it is not limited to just mobile only.
Blab has attracted a significant number of former Google Hangout devotees, in part because of the ease of carrying out multi-way conversations. While Periscope is a single person streaming and interacting with others through text chat, Blab focuses on conversations.
Blab is being billed as a comeback, because it has links with the Bebo team, but the app as it stands today is far more than just a ‘Bebo 2.0’ social network. It is a video content sharing app for the next generation, and it has a lot to offer to people who want to offer engaging interview-style podcasts, group content and more.
Blab wants to live up to its name by creating casual public conversations It started with a few small startup teams and expanded to become an engaging and easy to use tool for people to have personal conversations via a public medium. Essentially, through Blab you can run your own mini talk-show, and you can chat with people ‘on air’.
Anyone can join a Blab. You can send out invitations to people, so that they can hop in and talk to you immediately. People who want to join without an invite will have the option to do so, but the host of the Blab has the option to approve or deny the request to join.
Right now, Blab still has a few issues – it is a new service and it only works reliably with Chrome and Firefox. If you want to run it with other browsers, you might have problems. However, given that Periscope is mobile device only, and still has stability issues on some mobiles, it’s hard to complain about Blab having a few teething troubles.
It will be interesting to see how the service works out in the long term. It has all of the little social and quality of life features you would expect, such as being able to give ‘feels’ or ‘props’ to other users, but the market for social streaming is nearing saturation – is there really room for three services?