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Livestream/Livestreaming

verb; noun; compounding
watching a video of someone else on a social media platform in real time, where there exist a dialogue between you and that person(s). This type of video communication is typically used for special events or occasions where an individual is trying to share video feed with many individuals (possibly a fan base) simultaneously. This type of livestream is distinct from watching a live sporting event because there is a closer connection between the communicators since there is real-time communication between the observer and the person sharing the video.
 
I was messaging my girlfriend using a text-messaging app when she told me that I should watch her livestream. The creation of this term was likely a result of narrowing that occured after the novel creation of ‘live stream,’ which typically means the real-time streaming of any form of digital data. This term, as defined, is especially applicable to the social media subcommunity.
Etymology : Compound that is formed from the two roots: ‘live’ (the time of occurence) + ‘stream’ (transfer of digital data continuously).
Source : My girlfriend said,“You should watch my livestream (referring to Facebook livestream).” (Conversation. September,2018) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/live%20stream https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stream https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/live
Last modified: 10 December 2018


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