Periscope! Have you been hearing the buzz about it lately? It’s a new – and very cool – live-streaming mobile app. People can broadcast themselves live (!!) right from their phones – no other equipment needed!! It’s kind of like YouTube, but the “scopes” generally relatively short (no more than 20 minutes) and because they are live, there’s no editing. As a viewer, you can either watch the live broadcast or a replay, which is available for only 24 hours.
How I Found It
When Janice (Studio Maya, our illustrious leader at Scrapbookgraphics) first mentioned Periscope, I have to admit I thought it was a bit strange that anyone would want to broadcast themselves live, but I was intrigued and had a look around. That first night, I watched bits of rock concerts from L.A. (The Foo-Fighters), Vancouver (AC/DC) and Austin, TX. (Clint Black)! I wandered around a temple in Thailand and explored a little town in Virginia. I watched a musician sitting with his guitar in front of a fireplace and then walked the streets in Paris with a tourist. I watched Deepak Chopra speak and John Legend (swoon) sing! It was pretty amazing and I was definitely hooked.
In fact, it was so much fun, I thought I’d do a little demonstration for you on how to use Periscope. The video is 20 minutes long, so grab your beverage of choice and come back and read the rest of this post for more information.
My Video Demonstration
Periscope was purchased by Twitter earlier this year and went live for iOS in May. It was made available to Android users a few months ago and is quickly become a sensation. Now, Periscope is a brand new app so it isn’t perfect. Right now there’s no re-wind button, even when you’re watching a replay and there is no way to search for broadcasts by subject matter. But since Periscope is really catching on, I’m sure we can expect lots more features in the near future. If you want to get an idea of what scopes are like without having to get the app right now, check out the videos on the Periscope site.
As I’ve mentioned, scopes are only available for 24 hours within the Periscope App. Scopers (as broadcasters are called) can also provide a url directly to the scope, so that viewers without the Periscope app can watch on their computers. The downside side to watching scopes that way is that (at least for now) it’s not interactive – meaning you can’t give hearts or interact with the scoper. Some scopers have signed up with a web service that captures and then publishes their scopes to a website where they are accessible to the public for as long as the scopers wishes.
Jan has enthusiastically embraced Periscope. In fact that fearless lady has already done TWO scopes AND started a very cool project she calls “Explorascope” to scrap her scope travels! She’s got two blog posts all about this adventure (along with with a freebie template you can use to document your own Periscope exploring and links on how to view both of her scopes), so I encourage you to hop over to her blog at SimplyBeing.Me.
As for me …. well I’m still thinking about whether or not I want to scope. Recording videos is one thing – being live on camera is quite another ball of wax. I do have lots of information to share – and not just about arting. I’m an Apple fanatic and love sharing my hints and tips about iPhones, the Mac operating systems, useful apps I’ve found for my devices, etc.. So, I’m considering those options. In the meantime, you can be sure I’ll be a voyeur and enjoy soaking up all Periscope has to offer!
If I’ve piqued your curiosity, grab your device and download the free Periscope app now – it’s available on the Apps Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be asked to log in with either your Twitter account or with your phone number. I’d recommend using your Twitter account – if you don’t have one, you’ll be able to create one right in the Periscope app.
Thanks for stopping by my blog – and I’d love to hear what you think about Periscope!