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Periscope video streaming app - our story

Half 1 of three (In Half 2 I give recommendations on getting began and becoming Periscope into your on-line advertising technique. In Half Three I’ll share how your enterprise can get began on Periscope, plus some actionable ideas and advertising technique by my fave social media specialists and fellow Scopers Dustin Stout, Kimra Luna, Kim Garst, Donna Moritz, and Sue B Zimmerman. You’ll find me on Periscope as Brilliant Spark media ~ @AngeliqueDuffield, or catch my Scopes on Twitter at @AngeliqueDuff)

Sitting down at my desktop pc to put in writing this weblog submit, I don’t fairly know the place to start to speak about my emotions for this new real-time social video app referred to as Periscope that’s taking the social media world by storm solely months after its launch.

Being within the on-line advertising area, I already really feel like “everyone seems to be doing it”…but based on Social Media Examiner just one% of individuals are presently utilizing the platform. Not shocking, because it’s the techno-geeks, players and entrepreneurs that leap on board as early adopters of latest know-how.

I’m a bit conflicted although. Do we actually want extra creators of digital noise? Aren’t we already shoppers of countless hours of cyber-junk?


Periscope video streaming app - our story

Periscope Quick Information

Periscope is owned by Twitter. They paid $100 million to accumulate Periscope which was launched shortly after the opposite video streaming platform Meercat.

The tagline on the Periscope homepage is: Discover the world via another person’s eyes.

The livestreaming platform reached 1 million customers in it’s first 10 days. (CNN)

It grew to 2 million customers within the first Three months. (Marieclaire)

It may be mundane, humorous, anecdotal, insightful and breaking information. The one widespread hyperlink although is that it’s interactive, as viewers remark and the broadcaster replies again, making it a two-way dialog.


Cool options of the Periscope reside video app

  • The entire idea of seeing the world by way of another person’s eyes. Who hasn’t been on a Skype name and turned their laptop computer round to point out the superb surroundings or model new house to household and buddies on the video name midway all over the world.
  • Brief and candy video with real-time interplay – type of like if Google Hangouts on Air and Twitter had a child, it might be Periscope.
  • Cell phone based mostly – as a result of it’s meant for use on the go, not at a desktop.
  • The map of reside broadcasts. As somebody stated “it’s like Chat Roulette”.
  • The potential to be share extra than simply mundane actions – on the planet of stories reporting stay as-it-happens, this could possibly be big.
  • You possibly can select if you’d like a public broadcast, or simply to sure followers
  • Save your broadcast to your Digital camera Roll on iPhone (unsure if that is additionally a Smartphone/Google Play function – however beware that solely the video is recorded, not the feedback and hearts.)



Periscope jogs my memory of how I first felt about Twitter.

My first few interactions with the Peri-platform went like this.

  • WTF???? I can’t determine this factor out. (Earlier than you ask, no I didn’t learn the ” directions first!)
  • DOH I didn’t have “autosave to digital camera roll” enabled – how do I save my broadcast now?
  • DOH what are these hearts???? I’m making an attempt to “unmute” the video I’m watching.
  • DOH I didn’t imply to LIKE this video – how can I un-heart one thing???
  • DOH I used to be having a peek round, left the video, and now I’ve to observe the entire thing from the start.
  • DOH I noticed the notification however missed the printed as a result of I completely didn’t know Periscopes are solely round for 24 hrs.

and eventually, once I did my first broadcast:

  • DOH I forgot the hashtag.
  • DOH how do I work together with anybody?
  • DOH how do I cease the printed? (Pull down the display/swipe down… in case you’re questioning)
  • Eek, i can hear myself respiration once I’m speaking (Notice to self: Darth Vader sound is NOT very engaging on me.) Thank God it’s solely round for 24 hrs!


My first broadcast – Photograph Execs Stay Chat screenshots

I assumed that my Images Execs Stay Chat Hangout on Air can be a fantastic alternative to check out Periscope with slightly peak behind the scenes. Particularly because the two platforms look like very comparable in offering livestreamed video on-line.

Since I didn’t have the autosave turned on, I at the least remembered to take a look at the replay inside 24 hours (keep in mind the scopes aren’t everlasting – they’re solely on-line for a day) and grabbed these screenshots.


Screenshot of my first Periscope broadcast behind the scenes of Photo Pros Live Chat hangout on air show - side by side

2 screenshots from the replay of my first Periscope livestream. Left: title display with map of broadcast location. Proper: interactive feedback present on the livestreamed broadcast or replay however not at present on the downloaded video.


Quirkiness, exploration, and poopbags within the Periscope World

Not surprisingly, as individuals discover the Periscope, there’s numerous nothing being stated and proven as individuals check out the brand new app and familiarize themeselves with the options and the chances. (However like watching Huge Brother, it’s addictive.)

Everyone seems to be videoing their pc display. (Actually???)

When watching a replay, it’s just like the Scoper has ADD – it feels chaotic when individuals broadcasting a message maintain interrupting their stream of thought to say hello and acknowledge these becoming a member of in, giving hearts or leaving feedback.

Emojis, characters and hashtags, oh my.

There isn’t a restrict to what’s being shared – every little thing from celebrities preparing for an evening out, to sightseeing in several cities all over the world, to breaking information, to copyright-infringement streaming of occasions and television exhibits, and I’ve heard that there’s pornography on Periscope too.

The shoutouts make broadcasts really feel uneven and interrupted, and it’s like there’s a race to see who could be the primary individual chiming in. Bonus factors if they will elicit a verbal acknowledgement from their favorite influencer. I suppose that’s the enticement to observe stay – the power to work together real-time is a large promoting level of the platform.

Video is already a scorching advertising software (and the recognition continues to be growing annually). Periscope matches properly into that class, carving out its personal area of interest. I can see a variety of potential for companies to make use of Periscope as a advertising device. (I’ll be writing extra about that in an upcoming weblog submit.)

Google Hangouts on Air was ground-breaking when it levelled the enjoying subject and gave the plenty the power to broadcast and not using a huge manufacturing crew and with a shoestring finances. Periscope is equally progressive within the potential to convey a fast and straightforward livestreaming platform…the convenience of Skpe with the printed attain of Hangouts on Air.

There’s the truth that Periscope feeds that fast consumption high quality that permeates life these days. Watch it NOW as a result of it is going to be gone in 24 hours. (And who wouldn’t need to miss “let’s take a nature break with a beagle #poopbag” and “the kangaroos are down by the water”, or yet one more “I’m caught in visitors” broadcast.) My level? Do we actually want extra noise? Is the banal day by day exercise being broadcast actually of curiosity to anybody? (And in that case, why? Shouldn’t we be discovering methods to spend LESS time on-line and extra time truly interacting with different human beings?)

Hmm, does Periscope imply extra selfies however now in video format?


Have the entrepreneurs already ruined Periscope?

The web advertising strategists and social media communities are already leaping on board and discovering progressive methods to make use of the brand new livestreaming  cellular app for enterprise.

Sure, it’s about group constructing, fostering relationships, connecting to their viewers by pulling again the curtain and displaying issues behind the scenes.

However I can’t shake that niggling feeling that already the entrepreneurs have ruined it as Gary Vaynerchuk says.



What different social networks have entrepreneurs gotten their palms on and altered the platform into a possible advertising machine? Listed here are just some examples:

  • Fb’s earlier platform inspired  individuals to share photographs and feedback with household and buddies then developed right into a car for companies and entrepreneurs to influence you to know, like and belief them;
  • Pinterest was a digital pinboard of stuff you appreciated, very similar to the old style cork-board in your bed room wall. Now it’s a driver of tons of visitors to web sites and producing model loyalty with clients who, based on statistics, are more likely to make repeat purchases.
  • Keep in mind e mail? That little ping all of us keep in mind from the film When Harry Met Sally saying “You’ve acquired mail” used to excite us. Now we really feel inundated and overwhelmed with the quantity of (typically pointless and spammy) emails. All of it simply looks like an icky de-volution relatively than an evolution.




After just a few interactions, I’m positive this listing is just the tip of the iceberg. And perhaps a few of these options can be found, and I’ve simply not explored sufficient or learn up on these parts. However right here are some things that I feel can be helpful.

  • Add a “fast tour” when app is first put in.
  • Would like to acknowledge individuals (in addition to giving reside shoutouts reside) ultimately after the printed, to develop relationships. Perhaps even have the ability to reply or coronary heart somebody’s message to acknowledge it stay (just like “liking” a touch upon a Fb publish).
  • Sharing broadcasts (*** Replace: I discovered which you can share invitation on Twitter) and replays can be nice – together with the power to obtain it after it’s been recorded (like once I forgot to click on autosave alone broadcast).
  • Embrace the power to quick ahead or bounce to a selected time within the recording, and hold the commentary in recordings (not simply the video feed).
  • Within the “current” record of replays I’d wish to see how lengthy the scope is (like on YouTube movies). If it’s solely 2 min, I can match it in.
  • Capability to observe replays on net not simply telephone (*** UPDATE: as of June 23rd, net replays can be found…however I can’t see a search or how I can monitor down that replay until I shared the hyperlink to Twitter…Anybody obtained the reply? I discovered this Periscope net search hyperlink, however unsure it’s official from Periscope.)
  • A option to share Periscope handles simply – I’d love so as to add some hyperlinks for individuals to look out for on Periscope.
  • Clickable hyperlink in bio can be nice – I suppose that is one other enterprise wishlist merchandise
  • A option to filter scope notifications – I’d comply with some individuals, however I don’t need to watch all their scopes (consider these individuals doing Three-10 a day!), and I don’t have to see everybody’s suggestions for me.


Closing ideas on Periscope

I’m wondering what the creators take into consideration how the app use is evolving so quickly. Is that this actually what co-founders Kayvon and Joe envisioned we’d be sharing?  I wouldn’t assume so as a result of the sentiment within the tagline was fairly magical, as is their promo clip on the homepage to demo the app.

Simply over a yr in the past, we turned fascinated by the thought of discovering the world by way of another person’s eyes. What should you might see by way of the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the dawn from a scorching air balloon in Cappadocia? It might sound loopy, however we needed to construct the closest factor to teleportation. Whereas there are lots of methods to find occasions and locations, we realized there isn’t a higher approach to expertise a spot proper now than via stay video.


Periscope screenshots from their blog on Medium - explore the world through someone else's eyes is their tagline

Click on the picture to study extra about Periscope on their weblog. (Picture supply:


I think they noticed a extra private use of their app, however entrepreneurs noticed the enterprise and promotional potential, and Twitter noticed the worth in shopping for out the competitors – they snapped up Periscope for cool $100 million not lengthy after Meercat, the opposite competitor within the area confirmed up as the brand new child on the block in March. Not a nasty flip for a year-long venture!



Your flip: Ideas on Periscope?

Do you know about Periscope earlier than studying this?

In that case, have you ever used it but? Simply as a “shopper” or have you ever broadcast your personal video?

What can be in your wishlist for Periscope’s new stay video app?


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