Have you used Periscope? It’s a relatively new app that lets you “broadcast” (their term) what’s going on in your world. It’s real time, and your followers can indicate that they like your video by touching the screen, which produces tiny hearts that flow up from the bottom of the screen.
The app is fun, but also has some serious possibilities. It’s already being used by several television programs and news organizations. Ellen DeGeneres has excelled at the integration of social media and traditional media and has provided behind the scenes glimpses of production meetings and commercial breaks.
Generally when a new social platform emerges, there is a small group of early adopters that populate it, and that’s mostly who’s there now. But it’s worth a serious look even in the early stages.
Here’s how it works.
And, in case you’re interested, here’s the actual video of my lovely patio lights.
It’s a fun app. Try it. Right now everyone is figuring it out, so it’s pretty low-risk, in terms of making a fool of yourself. After all, I got quite a few hearts on my patio lights.
I see a lot of potential uses:
- Church. In fact, last week I shot a Periscope video during church of our worship band and posted it to Twitter. I also think it would be great for musicians hoping to give listeners a taste.
- Family. You could shoot a private video for family, or record an important event for family members, such as graduation, award ceremonies, or just baby’s first steps.
- Business. What a great way to introduce a new service or special, or just pass along tips to customers. Short how-tos or demonstrations would work well.
What others can you think of? Will you use Periscope? Right now, it’s iPhone only, but I’m sure an Android version is forthcoming.
I do. Find and follow me. Because you don’t want to miss the patio lights.