(Disclaimer: What you are about it read is strictly my own opinion. I was not contacted by Twitter or Periscope to give a review or voice an opinion.)
Now that we have that out of the way…. Raise your hand if you are on Periscope? Great! Now… raise both hands if you can’t get enough of it? Yeah, me too! If you are new to this app like I am, there are some things to learn to enhance the experience (it’s not hard to use). Basically, Periscope app is a way to live stream a video you are filming from your iOS or Android and people following you can interact in real time. I think that is so cool! Once you end your video, it then stays on your account for 24 hours and can be viewed again and again. The app will keep stats for you too such as: number of likes ( give hearts by tapping the screen), number of live viewers and number of viewers in the 24hr time frame.
Now, when I first heard about this back in June, i thought, “Great. Another social media app.” But when one of the yoga instructors I follow on Instagram announced she was going live for the first time, I thought I would jump on and see how it goes. It was a little strange at first but I really got into interacting with the host and other viewers on line. I like this app because I can follow along with some of my favorite yoga instructors to get tips on different poses, ask questions or learn something totally new to me. TIP: If you are a trainer or instructor in any field, this is a great way to connect with your clients!
Here are a few screen shots I took this morning as I watched some of Kino MacGregor’s home practice:
I have not made my own video yet but maybe I will play around with it when I am camping in Vermont this weekend. I am always hesitant of giving away my location on line. I watch too much Criminal Minds if you know what I mean. One thing that I just learned today is that when you turn on your location, it only gives a regional area. It does not pinpoint your exact location. Smart thinking Periscope peeps!
With a quick google search, I found a great list of five quick tips on Hubspot.com which is where I learned about the location tagging. Also, you can check out a cool video demo for the app here on Periscope TV. The only downside so far that I find annoying are the pervs making comments totally not related to what the video is about. Watching yoga apparently brings out the idiot in people. The host can block them while live but you can easily block them as well but tapping on their comment and selecting block. This is also how you can reply to someone’s comment too.
I have only been on here for about three weeks but I am loving it so far! I am finding new people to follow every day.
Tell me what you think. Do you think you will give this app a try? If you use Periscope, have you posted videos? What are your pros/cons?