Have you guys heard about Periscope? It’s a new social media platform, which is entirely video based. Unlike YouTube, though, the videos that you can watch on Periscope are TOTALLY LIVE – no edits, no re-takes, LIVE. Oh, and you can only record and/or watch ‘scopes (that’s what they call the video broadcasts) from your smart phone.
One other really cool feature of Periscope is that the broadcasts are only online for 24 hours – so you can watch a play-back, but just that first day after it was recorded. After that, it’s gone forever.
That means that the interaction is immediate and real, in a way that I haven’t experienced for quite some time on social media. I use to feel that way about Facebook, but with all the algorithm changes lately, it’s harder and harder to really connect with people. I know many of you are frustrated because you aren’t even seeing updates anymore. 🙁
Which is why I did the scariest thing ever for me and broadcast my first ever “scope” a few minutes ago. I’m telling you, I was SO nervous. My heart was pounding, my ears were ringing and I was talking a million miles a minute. (I’m a fast talker anyway, but this was crazy fast – even for me.)
I can see why so many people love this platform! It was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time!
Over the next two days, I thought I would try to broadcast a couple more quick scopes to check in with everyone about their Rosh Hashana preparations. In my first scope, I told you about the shopping I did yesterday and my plan for the rest of the day. Pretty banal, I know, but you know what’s awesome? 21 people actually showed up and participated!! And a few more of you may be able to catch it on the replay.
Are you a ‘scoper? I’d love to follow you, so please leave a comment with your handle!
Happy viewing! YIKES!