If not, let me explain it because I’ve only recently become aware due to the #whereIwrite hashtag on Twitter and I’m now a fully fledged fan of the app and I’m using it so I’d love you to join me.
The #whereIwrite hashtag is
“a global project started by the publisher Hachette, working with our friends at Twitter and Periscope, to celebrate writing and the places where the alchemy of creating a book happens.”
You can watch the videos of the authors who have taken part in this so far, Here.
Periscope is a live-streaming video app, and as you will have seen if you have looked at any of the above videos is it’s very versatile and social. It’s made by Twitter so if you download the app you get a list of your twitter friends and you can choose who you want to follow on the app. If you have alerts set up, your phone beeps at you when someone is streaming, you can look and see if you’re interested just by the title and watch or not. The video is left to view for 24 hours so if you’re busy, it is still there for you to watch later. If you’re the broadcaster there is an option to save it to your camera roll, so if you do want to upload it to YouTube as the #WhereIWrite authors are doing, you can.
There is also an option to privately stream to your followers or stream live publicly – as though you were tweeting. This morning I did my first Periscope with Alfie and his morning walk meeting his two dog friends and playing. It wasn’t a long stream. And that’s the thing, you can stream for as long or as short a time as you want.
I have watched a couple of good ones. One of my Twitter friends is Lauren, a journalist in London and she took a walk through China Town. As I’ve never been there, I found it really interesting. Another one I watched, which was fascinating was Phillip Schofield. Yes, I’m a fan! And yes he Periscopes! Yesterday he was showing Amanda Holden it just before the show This Morning started so we got to see the studio, behind the scenes, and the producer counting him down to get on set to start. He handed his phone to his producer to carry on and the producer held it up and filmed Phillip introducing the show and then gave it him back as it cut. It was brilliant. One thing Amanda said which Britain’s Got Talent fans will like is that she will now use it for behind the scenes stuff of the BGT show. So, there you go.
So now, who’s going to join me on Periscope?! 🙂
There’s a good post Here on Social Media Examiner which explain a lot of technical stuff on how to actually use it.