Periscope is an app that runs on most smartphones that lets you live stream (broadcast) or watch streams from the people you 'follow'
So in a way it is like You Tube, but live and with interaction... so if you are watching a live Periscope you can type questions and the person doing the Periscope will see your questions on their screen and be able to answer your questions as they broadcast... or try to!
I find it is quite a simple app to use and Periscope save your video so others can watch it later for up to 24 hours on replay. You can also save your own broadcast to your phone so you can edit it and upload it to You Tube if you wish.
In some ways I prefer the freedom that Periscope gives me to do a quick and simple broadcast there's no editing afterwards or long up load to You Tube and all that stuff which if you have ever done any You Tube videos you will appreciate that to do a 5 minute video can sometimes take you may be 5 hours!
So with Periscope you might be more motivated to do more frequent broadcasts.
To date I have only done a few broadcasts, but they have been fun to do and I plan on doing some more to explore the format and use it to show people items from my collection in detail.
I put my phone on a tripod so that I have both hands free, but a tripod isn't essential.
Periscope is an off-shoot of Twitter, but you now don't need to have a Twitter account to access or use Periscope. There are plenty of tutorials on the internet on how to use the app which is still developing so I will not go in to detail here.
So whom should you follow?
- @philofaxy - Me!
- @ritasedani - Rita Sedani
- @tweetiepiecollage - Nancy
@plannerperfect - Jenny
- @laurynwithlove - Lauyn Orr
- @theplannerssociety - Christy Tomlinson
- @beckyhigginsLLC - Becky Higgins
- @misstrenchcoat - Alexis
- @teddiconfetti - Teddi Confetti
- @kellymcneill - Kelly McNeill
- @AmyTangerine - Amy Tan
- @Tim_Holtz - Tim Holtz
- @BohoPaperCottage - Kat
- @carriemelvin - Carrie Melvin
- @CyninHawaii - Cyn
- @Chrissie71 - Christina
- @mypurpleylife - Jennifer
- @carrielynn - Carie Harling
And many many more. Look out for invites to watch other people's broadcasts on the app, and share ones you are watching with your followers and you will soon build up a variety of people to watch.
We vary in what we 'scope' about so you can dip in and out of different ones until you find what you are looking for.
I look forward to seeing more of our readers on Periscope in 2016.