I’m addicted to Periscope! If you don’t know what it is, Periscope is a free app that lets you do live-stream broadcasts from anywhere. You can add it on your phone or iPad. It was purchased by Twitter in February of 2015 and was official launched on March 26, 2015.
I started “scoping” this summer when I went on my trip to Greece. It was so much fun sharing my travels via live-stream with friends and family! Since then, I have met some great new people, began a weekly Tip Tuesday segment, broadcasted my travels, shown behind the scenes looks of what’s happening at Living Locurto and shared fun DIY ideas.
I also just started something new that I’m super excited about called The Scope Movement! (#scopemovement) It’s coming soon, so be sure to follow me on Periscope at @LivingLocurto – you won’t miss our kick-off week!!
Periscope is completely LIVE! I love that there are no retakes, no fancy cameras or editing needed, nothing is perfect… it’s just what is happening at that exact moment and being able to interact with the broadcaster is pretty cool.
If you have a Twitter account, you can easily get on Periscope to watch and do your own broadcasts (aka scopes). Anytime a new social media channel comes out, I cringe because it’s just one more thing to learn. But, don’t worry about that, because I’ve got everything you need to know condensed in this post!
Should kids use Periscope?
I personally wouldn’t recommend letting your kids use this app, as it’s still new and I’m not sure there is a filter on adult content. Plus, there are often some creepy people who write nasty comments. My kids aren’t allowed to use any social media channels at all without me managing the account – so know that I’m a pretty conservative mom. But really, until Periscope works out the kinks, I would say to monitor your teens or just say no.
Download the App & Sign In.
The first step in using Periscope is to download it to your iOS or Android device. The first time you launch the app, you’ll be asked to sign in. You can sign in using your Twitter account or you can use your phone number.
Click the camera icon to start a broadcast. (aka a Scope)
Swipe down to stop a broadcast.
To Share a Scope:
- Android swipe up
- iPhone swipe from left to right
Tap the screen to give hearts.
You can do this in both a live broadcast and the replay. Hearts are a good thing to do to show support and lets the broadcaster know you are watching. When you do a broadcast for the first time, you will appreciate the hearts because sometimes it seems like you are talking to yourself.
Only live viewers can comment.
Commenters can follow and reply to each other by clicking the comment. A popup window will show up with options.
Replays expire after 24 hours.
You can choose who watches and comments on your scopes:
- Limit a broadcast to specific followers by clicking the lock icon before broadcasting.
- Limit who can comment by clicking the comment icon.
Here are 6 Tips for How to do a LIVE Periscope Broadcast…
1. Remove distractions
Before you broadcast, be sure to have your phone fully charged and put your phone in Airplane mode with WiFi turned on. This way you won’t get phone calls while live broadcasting.
2. Be Safe
Be smart about when you use the location service, because it will show the exact spot from where you are broadcasting from on the map. I would recommend turning OFF location services before you broadcast if you are at home. You can click the arrow to do this.
Don’t forget to type in what you are scoping about before going live. You can’t edit the title of your broadcast, so make sure the title is clear about what you are broadcasting about. Check your spelling! Depending on your settings, the broadcast can automatically go to Twitter, so using hashtags and key words will help people find you.
4. Make a Good First Impression
Periscope starts filming with the forward facing camera. If you want to talk to people while holding the camera, double tap the screen to change to facing camera mode so people can see you. You can’t do that until after the broadcast starts. Make sure you have something interesting for people to see at first glance.
Here are a few ideas: hold up your business card, point the camera towards something interesting, write on paper what the topic is and hold that paper up to the camera. Just don’t have it pointing towards the bright sun, a messy area of your home, etc. You get the idea!
5. Don’t Waste People’s Time
Get to the point quickly and start sharing whatever it is you want to share after a few seconds. A person has about 15-30 seconds before they click away. Think of how you channel surf on TV. Periscope is the same way!
If someone misses the beginning of your broadcast, they can always go back and watch the replay. You can remind people of this a few minutes into the broadcast.
It’s courteous and very nice to say hello to people, but make sure to limit that time, as there are hundreds of other broadcasts going on at the same time as you. Know that viewers can click away at any moment. Keep it interesting.
6. Introduce Yourself
New people are joining Periscope each day, be sure to let your viewers know who you are and what you do each time. Something short and quick will do. Hold up a sign with your website URL or notes when talking and let people know they can take a screen shot to save it to their camera roll. When they do that, a camera icon will show up along side the hearts.
You might have some weird or nasty people writing comments, they are called trolls – quickly tap on their comment and block them. If you make a mistake and block the wrong person, don’t worry about it. You can watch the replay and unblock them after your live scope.
The Best Tip is…. Have fun!
If you are a creative person on Periscope, please check out my newest idea to inspire you called The Scope Movement! (@ScopeMovement ~ #ScopeMovement)
It’s coming soon and we would love for you to be apart of it!! Keep a lookout for some exciting announcements about this.