The streaming wars have begun.
Meerkat and Periscope are very similar. Both apps are built for users to send videos to followers. Those streams could show anything, such as a product demonstration or taking your dog for a walk.
Neither app works without Twitter; you'll need an account to get started. The differences between the two may seem slight for the uninitiated.
Meerkat streams are live-only, but watchers can restream anything to their viewers in real time. Periscope streams can be saved to replay up to 24 hours after they are filmed. As of now, neither app allows comments, but Periscope allows users to send heart icons, similar to Facebook's "Like" button, to live-streamers.
Meerkat announced this week that it scored an additional $14 million in venture capital funding.