Tumblr will now let you broadcast live video

The future Chewbacca Moms of the world now have another platform to broadcast themselves live through social media: Tumblr announced on Tuesday that the site now supports live streaming.

"By the end of today, you’ll be able to broadcast yourself directly into your followers’ dashboards," the company wrote in a Tumblr post. "And they’ll be able to broadcast themselves directly into yours. We trust you all to be beautiful, weird, compelling, and just generally Tumblr about this whole thing."


That means that Tumblr joins the likes of Facebook Live and Periscope as an outlet for people to broadcast something live to a network of others users.

The new system works with apps that will share the video with Tumblr. Those include options that work for both iOS operating system and Android, like YouNow, Kanvas, and upclose. The YouTube app works only with Android, but Tumblr says it will work with iOS soon.

Tumblr explained that the videos can be as long as you like— “How long to do you have?” they ask rhetorically— and that after the live broadcast is over, it stays on the site as a regular video.

Their suggestions for what you can stream include class or a first date (the sky’s the limit, obviously) and they ask users not to do it while they drive or to post content that could violate the company’s community guidelines.