Social Media Today: Periscope

August 16, 2015

Periscope.pngI love all things tech and being up to date with all the latest technology and social media channels. I was with a friend in Denver and I said, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was an app where we could have a live broadcast?” And that was the day I learned all about Periscope.

Periscope is a live video stream (what I call broadcast) where virtually anywhere around the world anyone can tune in and see what you are seeing. Each time you open the video stream you are asked to describe what you are currently viewing.  While streaming your video, you can see who is now watching your live video. This is where your audience can ask questions, comment and show how much they “love” your video by tagging “heart” icon graphics (which indicates how much the world likes what you are seeing).

I find this app brilliant because I can visually watch a video on things I am interested in all around the world in real time through someone else’s eyes. With my busy work schedule, I cannot find the time to get on a plane, fly to Europe and explore all the sites. However, I can follow individuals in the area, and it feels like I am there. I can ask them questions, and they answer them in real time. Saves me time and money!

I return the favor for those who want to see things around me that might be of interest to them. I live in Philadelphia, and I travel for work and attend weekly events. My videos are of the different historical site all around Philadelphia, business speaker event videos, and videos tips around exciting topics like women in business, networking, social media, history, and technology.  It’s fascinating to see how many people all around the world tune in to watch my videos.  The best part about Periscope is I can create a working video, save it to my camera roll and quickly upload it to all my social media sites!

Of course, you need to be aware of the individuals out there who are using social media for the wrong reasons. Be safe, grow a thick skin and have fun!

As Periscope founders say “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.”

There are people out there who think seeing what you are seeing is strange but also interesting. Individuals use Periscope to promote their brand/business or for all things random. Tune in and see what how much fun live video streaming is!

My Tips:

  • Create an interesting, compelling title that will get users to tune in
  • Get the users who are tuning in to engage with you, start a topic
  • Be sure to answer their questions
  • Don’t be boring, your topic might be boring but it doesn’t mean you have to be
  • If you love your video, download it to your camera roll or publish it on twitter.

How to use this information

For more information on how to use Periscope, and other social media tips, contact me today. And make sure to follow me on Periscope Green02Julie.

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