5 Important Things You Need to Know About Periscope
So what is Periscope?
According To Periscope.TV:
Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.
1) It’s the equivalent of live TV for social media
Yes, so instead of taking still pictures for instagram, or video that has been editied to be all pretty for youtube, you are filming LIVE which can be a really good or a really bad thing. Really good thing: Something amazing happens and you are able to show it to the world LIVE! Really bad thing: You have really bad content and it falls apart in real time.
The awesome thing about Periscope is that you can log in and see who is live ALL over the world! I can take a peek into someone down in Florida or I could check out someone who is Periscoping halfway across the globe. The choice is yours.
Keep in mind when you “go live” anyone can drop in. Anyone who is watching will see who is coming in but you won’t see who leaves. There is a constant count of live viewers in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
2) You get to participate live with the broadcast
The interactions are also live. I did my first periscope at an event on Wednesday. I was at an event Dr. Brown’s new baby bottle technology and I got a good amount of viewers for my first try. At the end of the Broadcast (about 15 minutes) I had 77 visitors join. As a viewer of the broadcast you can chat during the broadcast and make commentary on what you are watching which makes things so fun! There was one point where the presenter at my event was answering questions and one of my periscope viewers told the live audience to “back off” lol!
3) You show your appreciation for what you are seeing by giving hearts
As someone watching Periscope you can show your appreciation for the content by double tapping on the screen live while the broadcast is happening. You give hearts by double tapping the screen. The more hearts the better! Hearts are a great way to show that you like what you see. Your all time amount of hearts are displayed on your profile for all to see, which is pretty cool.
4) You can download and save your video once complete
When you finish broadcasting you have the option to download your broadcast to your device for future use…This is great because you can easily upload it to YouTube–just keep in mind that all of your comments, hearts and interactions will also be on the recording. Keep in mind that the videos are only available for viewing for 24 hours then they are gone!
5) Live events are easy
Until you are super comfortable in front of the live camera, a good place to start is events. I personally go to a lot of events and I blog about them here, but what if you were online the same time I was at an event? We could attend and experience the fun together!
When I first heard about Periscope I was a bit apprehensive about joining yet ANOTHER social media platform. I had already shunned SnapChat and Vine so I thought I was forever done with platforms. Then my friend Donna (check out her awesome YouTube Channel here where she shares amazing tips for bloggers) started tweeting about Periscope and how cool it was so I had to pay attention.
I asked for her main tips on Periscope and she gave me these gems:
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of live streaming but don’t forget it’s a social platform
Participation is a must
Greet your viewers
Share your favorite broadcasts on twitter
Reciprocate the love your audience gives you
Follow Donna on Periscope for more great tips! (@callherdonna)
For more great tips on how to use Periscope successfully check out the following links:
As you get familiar be sure to follow me! My handle is @bklynactivemama — I look forward to periscoping with you because, fact is, I’m obsessed.