So friends I have found a new social media I am enjoying playing with. (I know just when you thought there couldn’t be more there is!). It’s called periscope and I highly recommend downloading the app if you can. It was just made available for android so pretty much anyone with a smartphone can access it. It’s like youtube and blogging had a baby. You are able to broadcast live video to your social media and to the world.
People broadcast all kinds of things and part of the fun of it is watching what other people are doing. Like a few days ago I was watching someone make chicken for their family and they were hilarious.
People are talking about everything on periscope and you can give a video you are watching hearts if you like what they are doing and add comments. I still haven’t mastered the art of talking to people while I periscope but I’ll get there! It’s kind of like skype but broadcast to the world instead of just a 2 way conversation. It’s kind of like the modern day version of people watching but you can watch someone from Spain make lunch from Utah!
It’s an extremely easy app to use. You hook your account to twitter or tumblr, give your video a name and then tap it twice to change from selfie to regular view. When you are done you move your fingers towards the bottom of the phone and it will stop the broadcast. You can also block people if they are being offensive in any way and you can decide if you want your phone to save the broadcasts or not.
I’m still getting the hang of it but I love it because it reminds me of the old days of blogging when it really was just me talking to the world. I didn’t worry as much about having a polished product that is edited and professional. There’s something refreshing about that.
Plus I love seeing creative things people come up with and how cheerful most people are. If you are feeling down go on periscope. I guarantee you there will be someone on there that will be happy. The comments are short so not as mean spirited as youtube can get and there is no thumbs down or dislike. Just hearts!
I really love it and have already done 6 broadcasts- most of them around 3 minutes. Check it out.
If you are on periscope (and if not I highly recommend it!) please follow me @smilingldsgirl and if you have any ideas on what you would like me to persicope on let me know. I’ll probably be doing some this weekend as I am seeing both When Marnie was There and Jurassic World. Plus I am meeting some of my fellow podcast fans for brunch Saturday so I could see us periscoping then (periscoping is different than podcasting because podcasting people can listen repeatedly to the broadcast and usually is edited). This is just a one time live broadcast.
It’s a lot of fun and I think you will really enjoy it. Are any of you on persicope already? Let me know your handles. What do you like to persicope about and what kind of videos do you like to watch?