Zapstream on iOS Combines Live Streaming With Special Effects


Zapstream has announced the launch of its live streaming app on iOS devices. The app looks to stand apart from competitors like Periscope and Meerkat by allowing users to add text, drawings and other effects to their video streams in real time.

Zapstream allows users to share streams publicly, or with invited friends. While streaming, users can type or draw on the screen, and can change the pitch of their audio. Users can also add filters to their video (like sepia or ‘bulge’ filters, as examples). Both creators and viewers can take photo snapshots of any live stream to share them out to social media.

When a stream is complete, the app will automatically create a ‘Zap,’ or a 15-second highlight from the stream, which users can share out to social media. Users can ‘re-Zap’ to receive another highlighted clip, or create their own Zap from their favorite moment from the stream.


For viewers, the app provides a feed of other users’ streams and Zaps, which are separated into tabs for popular content, those streams or Zaps posted near the user, or those from users they follow. While watching a Zap or stream, users can post comments or likes on the content.

In a statement, AK Sands, CEO and founder of Zapstream, commented on the app:

Other apps only allow users to see the world through someone else’s eyes. That’s a decent start, but it’s not very fun or engaging for centennials. So we built an app that allows these users to do more and create the most fun and engaging live streaming experiences for both creators and viewers.

Zapstream is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, and is coming to Android in a few months.

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31DBBB Day 22 Challenge: Pay Special Attention to a Reader


Today’s podcast episode is all about your audience, and how to make them feel valued.

If there’s one way to build a better blog, it’s taking care of the people who take the time to read and engage with you, therefore creating a space that both you and they love. And one way to take care of those people is to not only tell them they’re valued, like we did on day five by emailing them, but by actually showcasing them publicly. Tell them why you appreciate them, loud and clear!

In the early days, I regularly gave two pieces of advice: “make your readers famous”, and “love your readers to death”. Today your challenge is to do just that, and I’m here to tell you how. I also explain how it has a three-pronged impact on you and your blog and a few ways I’ve gone about publicly valuing my readers and the effect it has had.

As always, feel free to share on Twitter or here in the comments how you’re doing with the challenge – can you believe we’re past the three-week mark now?!

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Click here to listen to day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series on the ProBlogger Podcast. 

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