What is Periscope?
It enables users “go live” via mobile device anytime and anywhere. The app enables users possess “on the go” broadcasting station, streaming video and audio to any viewers who join your broadcast.
Periscope takes advantage of its mobile platform incorporating notifications and location as well as social sharing (on Twitter of course), live discussions and feedback. A Periscope broadcast in full swing is a truly an interactive event; once a broadcast is over, others can watch a replay, and even provide feedback, within Periscope for up to 24 hours.
How Do I Use Periscope?
The following are steps on how to effectively use Periscope:
- Signing in
- Watching a broadcast
- Sending a broadcast
1. Signing In or Sign Up
Your Twitter account or your phone number can be used to sign in. I suggest using of a Twitter account for better integration (it only makes sense seeing as Twitter bought Periscope). If you have more than one Twitter account, you can add the additional accounts using the “Add Account” function under the Twitter settings on your device.
If you do choose to sign up with your phone number, you will need to wait for a confirmation code that is sent to your phone via SMS text and once you’ve entered that code into Periscope, you are ready to go!
2. Tabs: Periscope Four Primary Tabs
The first tab displays two lists:
- A list of the people you’re following on Periscope who are currently “live”; and
- A list of broadcasts that you’ve attended within the past 24 hours.
The second tab in the app has two views, both of which show a global list of live public broadcasts that a registered user (you) can join.
The third tab is the broadcast booth:
The final tab is where you can look up users or brands to follow and also access personal profile and other settings.
3. Periscope Settings
- The user’s periscope profile has been imported when signing in using Twitter. But the user can still change the details of that profile with a few clicks. Touch edit to access the spot where you want to make a change:
- The image, Twitter ID and tagline are all set in the user’s profile.
- This shows how many people following the user on Periscope. To see the list, touch the arrow to the right.
- Touching the arrow to the right takes you to the settings screen to enable you to toggle the notification you get and configure the language.
4. Watching a Live Broadcast
To watch a live broadcast on Periscope, head on over to either the list or map version of the global broadcast tab and touch an existing event that interests you. What’s cool is that you can see the numbers of users broadcasting live in each country and the area they are broadcasting from.
5. Scoping: Live Broadcasting
Finally, we come to the heart of Periscope, sending your own live broadcasts. This is where you name your broadcast, chose whether or not to post a link on Twitter and decide to allow anyone or just your followers the ability to chat. You can also choose to have your broadcast public (by default) or private by pressing the arrow.
6. Now You Are Ready To Start Broadcasting!!