What is Periscope?
Up Periscope? Most people will think of a Periscope as the device on a submarine that goes above the sea to enable the crew to see if there are any ships about. Some people may remember making a periscope at school in science when studying how light works.
However Periscope is also a new app which allows you to broadcast live video streaming.
“Periscope – explore the world through someone else’s eyes!”
Periscope went live for iOS in March 2015 and for Android users in May 2015, at the end of August 2015 Periscope had over 13 million users and continues to grow. I have just recently joined Periscope and so far have done 10 scopes, so I am still learning how Periscope works. Initially, I didn’t think that I could use Periscope for my business, however I saw a Periscope by Denise Duffield Thomas that she had put on YouTube and she was talking to the camera and interacting with the viewers. This inspired me to upgrade my phone so that I could use the Periscope app.
Below is a Periscope I recorded and uploaded to YouTube, it is an unedited version, so you can see me interacting with people, going off topic and generally rambling on.
Benefits of Periscope
I did my first scope talking to camera and it was really fun. One of the benefits of Periscope is that when you are talking to camera live, you are being you, without a script and this helps you connect with your viewers. It is a great way to showcase your knowledge and instantly interact with the live viewers. Also because it is live there is less pressure to be perfect, as most people are either scoping when they are out and about or in their office.
One of the main benefits to Periscope is that it is in the now and people can interact with you live, asking you questions and answering questions you ask them. However when doing a live Periscope it can be difficult to interact with people and stay on track with what you are talking about.
You can also show behind the scenes of your business or showcase your products live to your followers.
To broadcast (live video stream) on Periscope you will need a relatively new smart phone, so for Samsung users that is a Samsung 5 or newer, not sure about other smart phones. If you don’t want to upgrade your phone you can watch Periscopes on your laptop, but you’ll only be able to find scopes if someone has tweeted about them. Search #Periscope on Twitter to see some scopes. The basics of how to use Periscope in this article are based on Android rather than iOS operating system.
To start your own Scope press the little red camera button at the bottom right of the screen. You will then see the screen below. Make sure you add a good descriptive title that will encourage people to watch your scope. If you are on Twitter click the Twitter icon and share it on Twitter. Then click Start Broadcast.
To start with you will be filming what is in front of your camera or what you are looking at and this will be used as the preview on Periscope so think what that will be, don’t point the camera at the ground. Ensure your camera is in the portrait position rather than landscape. If you want to get the camera to switch to recording you speaking, tap the top right corner of the screen. Don’t wait for people to join the scope before you speak, say hello and thank people who are watching on replay for joining and introduce yourself and what you will be talking about. You can talk for as long as you want on a scope. You will get notifications at the bottom left of the screen when people join and if they type a comment, on the right side of the screen you might see a shower of coloured hearts. Although neither of these will be seen on a replay which has been saved to a phone, as in the YouTube video of my Periscope tips for beginners above.
While you are watching a scope you can interact by giving people hearts by tapping the screen. You will be assigned a different colour each time you log on to to a scope. There are no limits to the number of hearts you can give someone, so be generous. Sometimes if you join a very popular Periscope you might not be able to comment. To comment tap the bottom left hand corner where it says “Say something…”
You can share a live Periscope or a replay by swiping the screen up and clicking share broadcast where you can share on Twitter or to your Periscope followers.
If you haven’t watched a live Periscope here is a screenshot of the hearts and comments on a Periscope by Alex Pettitt, who I recommend you follow on Periscope for great tips.
When watching a replay on Periscope you can still give hearts by tapping the screen but you can’t comment.
After a live Periscope has ended it is available to view on Periscope for 24 hours, then it is unavailable to watch unless you have recorded it to your phone. To save your Periscope broadcasts to your phone on Android go to your profile, by going to the group of people icon (search) and then click the person in the circle at the top right of the screen. Then go to Settings (cog icon) and swipe the Autosave Broadcast at the bottom so it turns blue, now every Periscope you broadcast will be saved to your phone. Make sure to download them to your computer regularly or you might run out of memory on your phone.
You can do a private Periscope and only invite certain people that follow you, although I haven’t done a private scope yet or been invited to one, but this could be used to do a group coaching call or other training for a group of clients.
To find people to follow on Periscope tap the 3 people icon and then at the bottom right click the magnifying glass and type someone’s Twitter username and then when you find them just tap the icon with a person with a + next to their name, see image above. To follow people that are on a Scope swipe the screen up and tap on a user to see their profile and follow them.
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