Periscope is my new favorite app! It’s Twitter’s response to Meerkat, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. Both apps allow users to live-stream, and although, I don’t agree with Twitter’s tactics in blocking Meerkat, I don’t know if I can really blame them.
All I know is that when I now use Meerkat, I get only a handful of users, but when I go live on Periscope I get hundreds, if not thousands. It’s an amazing way to share your travels—or to watch someone else’s. So far I’ve taken my followers on a stroll down Banff Avenue in Alberta, Canada; a tour through Billy Bob’s (the world’s largest Honky Tonk) in Fort Worth, Texas; and a live-streaming southern California sunset.
It’s crazy how fast people get online from all corners of the world. It’s so cool to see people say hi from Australia, Italy, Japan, or even down the street. You can see viewers’ comments right on the screen so it’s easy to answer questions. Even with the few random freaks that come it, it’s by far the most fun way to share your travels.
Periscope saves your videos for 24 hours, but after you stop broadcasting (just swipe down from the top) you have the option to save it to your camera roll. Periscope will also give you a report at the end and I took a screenshot of one of mine (above), which shows you how long you streamed for, how many people logged on and the retention percentage.
If you want to follow me on Periscope, my handle is @JohnnyJet (same as my Twitter handle).
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