When I was a kid my secret desire was to be on television. Well, that didn’t happen – yet – but, there is still hope. Periscope, a FREE app from Twitter , that lets you broadcast live from anywhere you have a connection to the Internet and people can chat with you live (type questions), and visually experience exactly what you’re seeing will make my dream finally come true. It is one of the most fun social media experiences I’ve had. As my son says, “It’s addictive!”
I love the immediacy it provides — you decide to share what you’re doing/seeing, etc. and bam — it’s live, and people who have Periscope (or are following you on it), can see it right now.
For example, I had to get some new sprinkler heads today and people were able to follow my journey — as it happened. I’m happy to report that my sprinkler system is working just fine. now.
To become a part of this new social media revolution (and it’s been a while since somebody’s come out with something as cool as this), here’s all you have to do:
Step One: Download the free App Periscope from the App Store or Google Play.
Step Two: Log in with your regular Twitter Account, and then you’ll have the option of following your friends on Twitter who are already on Periscope.
Step Three: Click the center icon at the bottom of your screen to start a broadcast. Now just say what you’re looking at (Here’s my cat; behind the scenes of our business; here’s a dead tree stump, whatever…) and while you’re doing that, it will establish a video link (you’ll be amazed at the quality of the audio and video). Then, when you’re ready to broadcast, hit the red “Start Broadcast” button and you’re live! Start talking, and watch people from all over the world start watching and sharing your experience live!
To flip from the front camera to the back camera, just double-tap the screen. To end your broadcast, swipe down. You’ll see comments appear on screen while you’re taping, and you’ll see how many are currently watching your broadcast live, and you’ll see little “hearts” float in on the screen when people like what they’re seeing — they’ll tap the screen to send you love. 🙂
That’s it. It’s just so simple. Try it once, and you’ll be hooked.
We’ll be doing a live broadcast on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM at a Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremony for one of my awesome clients, and if you want to come and experience it (you can just watch or chat for this first one, but you’ll surely want to do your own after seeing one). Also, when you do a broadcast, it can send a tweet right then to your followers on Twitter that says you’re LIVE right now, and inviting them to come and join.
The way Twitter has designed this, and it’s hook into regular Twitter is just so clever and so simple, I think it’s going to revolutionize the way we communicate via social media. Once you try it, you’ll see what I mean, and we’re just at the tip of the iceberg of what can be done with Periscope.
Let us know what you think.