Once live, the feature will enable videos shared to Twitter via the Periscope app to automatically play in tweets when you’re scrolling through your timeline, search results or another users’s profile. Tapping into a a video will launch a full screen view of the video, along with the comments and hearts you would expect to see in a typical Periscope live stream.
While the move will be more convenient for some — it’s now a lot easier to check out a live stream and then go back to perusing your timeline — it will no doubt irk many users as it also means there will be a lot more autoplaying videos in your timeline.
It’s also significant in that it marks Twitter’s biggest move toward making Periscope, which it acquired last year, a more official part of its platform. Though Periscope accounts have been linked to Twitter since the app launched in March, you couldn’t watch a stream on your device without opening the Periscope app.
It also stands to increase engagement with Twitter. Periscope live streams can be hours long events so the fact that you no longer need to leave Twitter’s app or website to watch these streams certainly stands to help bolster the company’s engagement metrics.