Hard numbers: The new livestream

20
Days after the release of the new livestreaming app Meerkat that it took Politico to label the 2016 presidential race “The Meerkat Election”

27
Days after Meerkat’s release that it took Twitter to launch its own livestreaming app, Periscope

700,000
Users on Meerkat after its first seven weeks

1 million
Users who signed into Periscope in its first 10 days

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$3.6 million
Series A funding raised by Life On Air, which owns Meerkat, before its launch

$100 million
Amount Twitter reportedly paid for Periscope

$15,000
Amount YouNow pays its top livestreamers monthly, according to CEO Adi Sideman

Source: Politico, The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, Variety

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The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review. This story was published in the May/June 2015 issue of CJR with the headline, "Hard Numbers: Streaming live."