Periscope Wednesday announced the launch of Super Hearts, a way for creators of livestreams on the Twitter-owned application to monetize those videos and for fans to lend their voices to the process.
YouTube introduced Super Chat, a similar initiative, in January.
Periscope said in a blog post that Super Hearts are larger than “traditional” Periscope Hearts, and they are animated.
The feature launched Wednesday on iOS and Android, and Periscope said Super Hearts can also be seen on Periscope.tv and Twitter, directing users to its Help Center for more details and providing the following instructions in its blog post for users who want to get started:
If it’s your first time sending Super Hearts, you can tap “get coins” to purchase a coin package from the App Store or Play Store. Each package allows you to send Super Hearts until the coins run out. Once you stock up, you can select and send any of the Super Hearts.
As a viewer, you can only send Super Hearts to a broadcaster when they’re live. Everyone who sends Super Hearts will be added to a leaderboard to display who’s given the most love to the broadcaster. For broadcasters, it’s now easier to see your biggest supporters in each broadcast. If you prefer to stick with the traditional hearts, you can turn Super Hearts off before going live.
Each Super Heart is worth a different star value, and when a broadcaster receives Super Hearts, it contributes to their star balance. With the introduction of Super Hearts, we’re also announcing the Super Broadcaster Program. Broadcasters invited into this program can exchange their star balance for cash. This program is available in the U.S., and it will roll out internationally soon.