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This article was published on March 17, 2015

    Meerkat releases update to help with stream discovery, adds search feature

    Meerkat releases update to help with stream discovery, adds search feature
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

    Former TNW employee

    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Meerkat today updated its app to add a number of new features after the company was cut off from accessing Twitter’s social graph over the weekend.

    IMG_0199The updated app adds search functionality, so you can find people you may wish to follow. Previously when you signed up to Meerkat for the first time it pulled in everyone you know from Twitter, but now that it can’t the search is a welcome addition. It also means Meerkat can truly start building its own social graph.

    Meerkat has also received an enhanced stream so that you see more live feeds from those you don’t necessarily follow.  That way there’s always something to watch, rather than just relying on your friends happening to appear in the stream.

    There’s also a new tutorial when new users sign up for the first time, along with a number of bug fixes.

    As Meerkat seeks to compete with Periscope before it’s available to the public, it’s important that it adds social features and begins building out its experience and today’s update starts doing exactly that.

    Meerkat [iOS]