Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, 9 to 5er or all of the above, if you've been awake at all lately, you've probably heard about Periscope. It has only been a few weeks since a friend very recently turned us on to the live streaming app that Twitter launched in March of this year. I quickly jumped on, signed up and started following a few folks. You can have a great time watching "scopes" or doing your own. Anything from capturing your cat's morning rituals to getting a free class on how to start your own podcast -- it's all there. In a live, interactive, intimate way...sort of.
The possibilities seem endless as this newborn tool grows and evolves. But here are the top 5 reasons we're ready to try on the ring but not quite ready to walk down the aisle just yet.
5. That little chirp/whistle alert sound. That instant buzz you get, that tiny little thrill of anticipation that makes you freeze no matter what you're doing and lunge for your phone to see who is inviting you to join a scope, is kind of amazing. The downside is that if you're not careful, you can find yourself fighting the urge to drop your fork and ignore the person who is face to face in a REAL LIFE interaction with you. The chirp is REAL! #peridope
4. The seriously useful info..for free. Some of the people we watched charge plenty of money for their time in the real world. And it was easy to see why. We quickly found ourselves worn out trying to follow everyone that sounded interesting. Now we're focused on a handful of scopers who stand out to us. When they recommend other scopers to their followers, we check them out too. Our advice, pick some early favorites and see who they follow or regularly recommend to their followers.
3. Say my name, say my name. In a way it's like sitting in my living room watching Ray Donovan on Sunday night, except Mickey can hear me yelling at the screen "Just push that guy into the pool. Nobody will know!" Then he says, directly to the screen "You know what Sherry, that was such a brilliant idea, here's some money for you!" Being acknowledged in the community of viewers for your input. Well, it's gratifying. Scopers also encourage you to tap the screen of your device to release a stream of colorful hearts whenever you hear something you like. Yes an interactive love fest definitely has its appeal. The downside is when you realize you have wasted 30 minutes of your life that you can never get back, listening to somebody ramble, greeting their friends for too long, doing everything but providing the info you tuned in for. If you are trying to catch a scope on your very short lunch hour, burning up battery power and maybe even data --that's just not gonna work.
2. Serving up fresh broadcasts throughout the day, everyday. The scopes we watched ranged from 15 minutes to 45 minutes long. Some scopers broadcast around the same time of day each day or the same days each week so generally you know when to expect them. Others are less predictable. Either way, it's hard to get bored. Problem is that if you are at work, in class or otherwise just tied up, you can't always drop everything and tune in. There's nothing like seeing the topic of a great new scope topic pop up knowing you have to put your phone or ipad out of sight within the next 10 seconds. Well, you can mope for a minute but just set an alert on your phone to catch the replay later that day. Which brings us to #1...
1. The Replay is even better than the 1st time. Missed a scope on your favorite topic while you were working out? Well you can catch the replay when you get home that evening. Unlike the live version, you can pause the replay and take better notes. You can hide the stream of comments without worrying about missing something. You can still show love with hearts when you like what you hear. The kicker, and it's a big one, is that replays are only available for 24 hours after the original broadcast. Then they expire, never to be seen again unless the scoper captures them and makes them available on one his or her other social media platforms. We have found ourselves up waaaaay too late at night trying to pick and chose which ones to watch before bed since they'll evaporate as we sleep. It can get a little ridiculous but what are you gonna do? Life is just too short.
So tell us, are you hooked on Periscope? Who do you follow? Do you plan to use it for work or to promote your business? You can follow us on Periscope by searching the handle SherryGWS @GoodWorkSense. Thank you!