I figured out how to use Twitter’s Periscope. A live-streaming social media tool, that allows anyone to broadcast themselves, Periscope’s live recordings is most similar to yahoo and msn messenger and skype with a chat function on the bottom. You can interact with others viewing your broadcast with their twitter handle. Periscope is being marketed as part of Twitter’s video service, unlike Youtube, which are filmed and edited shows. I haven’t encountered many mom bloggers on Periscope and not many of my twitter followers or people I follow on twitter are on there yet.
On my first night with Periscope, I was looking at what happening in my neck of the woods in Southern California. One Filipino guy was out with his friends in Los Angeles Koreantown chatting in the parking lot with someone name lakergirl writing to him live. He was finding out where everybody was from and if they wanted to hang out with his “barkada.” My next show I viewed was a Swedish lady who was at the home of Marcus “Notch.” She showed us the view from his backyard that overlooked the city lights of Los Angeles. Notch is known as the creator and founder of Minecraft. He had recently sold his Minecraft empire to Microsoft for $1.3 billion. My son and mostly every boy he knows enjoy playing the Minecraft game as worlds of lego buildings, natural surrounding, humans, and earthly and unearthly creatures are made.
In summary, Periscope can be a powerful business tool, marketing tool, and is mostly used right now as a reality show/documentary about people’s lives. I suggest caution when talking with strangers, but the live interaction comes with the territory. Most people on Periscope who broadcast themselves came across as friendly and fun to talk to.
Sometimes, it’s simply nice to take a look at someone’s view of the sunset in another part of the world or in a particular moment of time and space (another popular type of broadcast) through the use of Periscope.