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This article was published on October 14, 2015

Periscope may add this button to its app, but what’s it for?

Periscope may add this button to its app, but what’s it for?
Nate Swanner
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TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If TNW's former West Coast writer in the PNW (Portland, Oregon). Nate loves amplifying developers, and codes in Swift when he's not writing. If you need to get in touch, Twitter is your best bet.

Periscope is preparing to add a new icon. It was shared via Twitter by a designer, which was retweeted by Periscope CEO and founder Kayvon Beykpour — but what could it be for?

The icon shows a human profile segmented with rings. What that means is anyone’s guess.

My colleague Napier Lopez guessed teleportation — silly, but rad if Periscope could figure all that out. Lauren Hockenson’s guess was a bit more grounded, thinking it may be for some sort of ‘around me’ feature that let you see if friends were broadcasting nearby.

My guess — a combination of the two. I think Periscope is launching a feature that lets you teleport into a friend’s video feed, much like Meerkat’s Cameo feature. It might just be a refresh of the ‘following’ button, too.

But who knows, right? We sure don’t. If you have a thought on what may be in the pipeline, let us know in the comments section below!