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Looking Back at Blab > What Did We Learn or Experience?

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Here are some opinions of Blab. Realizing Blab is gone, it is interesting to see what these two ladies have to say about it, and its former existence.

You can also watch Ileane Smith’s opinion of Blab. She was a power user and she has some interesting insights.

Raelyn Tan

Raelyn Tan
raelyntan I've been blogging for 10 years: first as a hobby, than professionally. Prior to building my personal brand, I did digital marketing in the corporate world at one of the largest telecommunications companies in Singapore as a content marketer and social media manager. Today, I am working full-time over at www.raelyntan.com, with around 7k online entrepreneurs in my community.

linawang

linawang
2LinaWang Lina Wang Lina Wang CEO of Atlantis Ventures, a Singapore and Hong Kong based company that specializes in Ecommerce, Gaming and Venture Funding. Earlier Editor of a couple mainstream magazines, and a model and TV anchor, she now Juggles her ecommerce, gaming business, marketing consultancy and family life with a passion for startups. Considered among the youngest entrepreneurs in her field, she also writes on her Digital Marketing and Social Media Blog at www.linawang.org.
Q. Have you ever used (or watched) a "Blab" live streaming app? If not, have you or do you use one of the competitors (i.e. Periscope, Livestream on Facebook, etc.)?
 

A. linawang (CEO of Eight Shots & Atlantis Ventures)

Yes, I have watched and used Blab, though it has shut down now and the Blab team is now already on to something else. Blab was a pretty good platform, both for personal and business use. I do use Periscope as and when it is needed. 

A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)

Yes, I have watched a Blab live stream before. I have watched Periscope streams as well. Personally, I have also used Facebook live myself to broadcast to my Facebook group.
Q. Based on that experience, what are your thoughts (preferably about Blab) and/or other platforms? Good and bad. Lay it on us :)
 

A. linawang (CEO of Eight Shots & Atlantis Ventures)

Blab was great for broadcasters, I believe, with some incredible content like webinars, podcasts and videos was was just being pretty effective at educating new audiences. These are great platforms for content creators, and a pity that Blab has been pivoted into something else at the moment. Yes, Facebook Live has been creating ripples in the live video pond, and is quite engaging as a platform, too.

A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)

I feel that platforms like Blab face huge competition from Facebook Live. People mostly already have an audience on Facebook, so Facebook Live is extremely convenient. While the interface and experience may be slightly better than Facebook Live, it is not really a sustainable business in the current tech landscape.
Q. If Blab were to reinvent themselves, would you trust them enough (i.e. to not go away again) to use the tool again? Does trust even matter, or is it more about just having fun (personal) or getting the job done (business)?
 

A. linawang (CEO of Eight Shots & Atlantis Ventures)

Well, the way this works is that content creators spend quite a lot of their creativity, energy and time first creating useful and engaging content on a platform like Blab, and if the founders were to suddenly take it off, it would mean a lot of that would be wasted. Remember, it takes a lot to create a mark on a particular platform in the first place, and if it is going to be a versatile platform like this one (Blab) it would be worth it. And then, it is suddenly naught! Yes, one would use the tool again; let's not forget the hours, weeks wasted in content creation on these platform to create a mark.

A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)

No, I think it is not a matter of trust - but how much exposure people are getting form using Blab. Another factor which I think is important would be convenience, people want a way to stream to their audience, which Facebook Live can easily do. Blab needs to have its own unique value proposition beyond live streaming if it wants to get major user traction.
Q. Do/Did/Would you use Blab for personal or business? Percentage please (i.e. 60% business; 40% personal, etc.).
 

A. linawang (CEO of Eight Shots & Atlantis Ventures)

Personally, i would myself use it for business, and would recommend it for business as well. A great interactive platform will get it's "personal" users anyways - to get the business users like me attracted to it would be an essential key to their having arrived, and they had users like me...business users.

A. Raelyn Tan (Blogging & Digital Marketing Strategist @ RaelynTan.com)

100% business, 0% personal - I don't need live streaming in my personal life, but in terms of business it will bring me more engagement and connect with my audience.
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