RhinoBird.tv launches collaborative livestreaming app for Android during #BostonMarathon

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Media hype around the livestreaming “Meerkat election” helped Twitter, which put up its own Periscope for social livestreaming last month.

Today,RhinoBird.tv officially launches its beta during the spectacle of the running of the 119th Boston Marathon in the greater Boston area, offering an opportunity for thousands of Android users along the race route to download the app and crowdsource livestreaming the event. The original funding for RhinoBird came from the Knight Foundation in 2012, where a proposal to “aggregate live mobile video streams of breaking news events into an easily searchable world map, connecting users directly to global events as they unfold” won the 2012 Knight News Challenge.

A couple of weeks ago, I talked with Felipe Heusser, the CEO of RhinoBird and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, about the app and livestreaming in general. Our video interview is embedded below.

As Heusser notes, along with Android, RhinoBird also works within the Web browser using the open WebRTC project. It is, as they say here in Massachusetts, wicked fast. Whether its approach to organizing livestreams around channels in a #hashtag convention familiar from Twitter is adopted en masse by hundreds of millions of Android users over the coming months will be fun to watch, along with those runners today. If the app catches on, you’ll be able to watch watch the #BostonMarathon on RhinoBird.tv. Good luck with your respective races.

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