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Why Periscope Is Going Wild In Turkey

Why Periscope Is Going Wild In Turkey BuzzFeed News


The past-midnight Turkish live-streaming is no anomaly. The country seems to always be Periscoping, an assertion that’s backed up by the numbers. Turkey is the second most active country in terms of Periscope streams, according to social analytics company Sysomos. And three of its cities — Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir — are among the top 10 cities with the most Periscope users, according to Twitter.

“It’s definitely top five across any metric you look at,” Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, told BuzzFeed News in an interview on the rooftop of Periscope’s San Francisco headquarters. “I’m impressed that it struck a chord to the extent that it has.”

Impressed yes, but perhaps not surprised. As Beykpour knows well, Periscope and Turkey will be forever linked. The concept for the app came to Beykpour as he planned a visit to the country, and the circumstances that led to the idea’s generation are deeply linked to its popularity there.

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So what's the takeaway here? That Turkey is more exhibitionist than most countries?

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