I don’t generally jump on the new social media bandwagons very fast. As a matter of fact, I’m generally the one dragging myself onto the platform months later, attempting to figure out how it works while everyone else enjoys themselves freely.
BUT there’s a new thing everyone is flocking towards called Periscope, and for the first time, I don’t think I’m late to the party. I can also say, for the first time, I’m obsessed with some new, shiny, trendy thing because I’ve been obsessed with Periscope the past week or two.
What Exactly is Periscope?
Periscope is an interactive app where yourself or other users create live video that people can join in to watch while also commenting. The person creating the video can then respond to comments and interact with other users that way. Yes, there’s also a way to limit who can watch your videos–don’t worry!
If you don’t catch a video live, you can always watch the replay, which will be listed on your main screen (or by clicking the bottom, left button that looks like a television).
Users are also able to tap the screen, giving hearts during live video or replays. These hearts essentially equate to your popularity count (much like followers on Facebook or Twitter) on Periscope.
Videos are viewable for 24 hours if you allow them to be.
When you’re watching someone’s video, you can swipe right to view their profile and follow them. You can also swipe up to share their live broadcast via Twitter or Facebook.
Setting Up Periscope
I can’t say I’m an expert–yet–but I can tell you downloading and catching onto Periscope basics aren’t too difficult.
- Download the Periscope app.
- Follow the prompts, connect through Twitter and that will be your Periscope handle. (Twitter created Periscope).
- For this app, I highly suggest you allow the push notifications through. Never do I ever for any apps except my email and Facebook, but Periscope is a platform where you want to catch people live. You can only catch people live if you get a notification that someone you’re following is Periscope-ing live. It’s not super annoying like most push notifications–to me, it’s the equivalent of a text or Facebook notification.
- Follow people or brands you know and like. There’s a search friends button in the bottom right of the app that looks like three people from the shoulders up. It gives suggestions or allows you to search people you know.
- After that, all that’s left to do is catch people live or make a live video yourself.
October Scopers is an awesome Periscope group that started last month (#SeptemberScopers). It creates a prompt each day for those involved to Periscope about, and everyone can share the love, watch each other and just have great time diving into Periscope and getting to know others.
For Those Participating
- Include the #OctoberScopers hashtag in your title and share it on twitter. That’s how others participating can find you!
- If you don’t follow prompts perfectly, we’ll all survive–it’s not a big deal.
- Do your best to get to everyone and catch replays when you can!
- Don’t be stingy with the hearts–because, who doesn’t like hearts?