I hopped on Periscope the day that it became available for my Android phone. I did not use it right away, as it looked confusing. Those first couple of days I tried to “grasp” all that Periscope offered, but failed to see the possibilities. I decided to give it a whirl on Travel With Sara. I headed to the Meredith Willson Footbridge located in my hometown and opened Periscope. I quickly learned the following:
Periscope does not work for horizontal video.
Make sure you hold your phone still.
Title your video.
Decide if you want to video yourself or something else before you start videotaping.
If you wish to save the video to your phone, be sure to have that box checked in your settings, or it will disappear in 24 hours.
I ended up doing a Take 2 of the same video. Due to the craziness of video 1, it had more hits then a decent looking video. This led me to think that Periscope was nothing more than a time and data waster.
I tried Periscope again at our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club gathering in May. I held the phone in a vertical position, I failed to set the setting to save the video AND I failed to title the video, which led to an untitled video for 24 hours.
So….. I began to think Periscope was useless. I then used it when several North Iowa Bloggers and myself ventured to Door County! I had found the perfect use for Periscope. This is an awesome app for travel!
But keep in mind, I had now learned to hold the phone in a vertical position, title my videos and had gotten better at holding the phone still. If you touch the screen of a video that you like on Periscope, it will give the video hearts, which means you like the video. So, don’t be afraid to touch your screen if you like something you see on Periscope.
World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa is one of my clients and Periscope has been a great app to use with an auction school. It offers the opportunity to share live streaming while class is in session. After all, who doesn’t like to hear an auctioneer and his/her chant, right?
I don’t see Periscope as an app that will work for every business, but I’ve found two outstanding ways, in my opinion, to use it. Are you using Periscope? If so, I’d love to hear how you are using it. I do think it has a lot of value in many businesses and I am anxious to see how it continues to evolve.