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May

Periscope: 10 Things You Need to Know

You might have heard about ‘Periscope?’ The social-sphere’s newest social media channel has got digital nerds (like us!) salivating over the chance to explore a new and exciting platform.

Periscope (available here) is live-streaming app, that syncs with Twitter accounts to enable iPhone users (Android version is in the works!) to both watch and share video footage in real time.

“Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It might sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation.”  Kavyvon Bacon and Joe Bernstein, Periscope’s Founders. 

PeriscopeImage via: Daily Rind

Interested? So were we! For this reason, we’ve put together the Top 10 tidbits of information you need to know about Periscope.

  1. In the first 10 days after launch, more than 1 million people signed in to use the app.

  2. The developers behind the app were Stanford graduates, Kavyvon Bacon and Joe Bernstein.

  3. Twitter reportedly purchased Periscope for $100 million dollars early in 2015.

  4. You can only stream video in portrait mode, not horizontal. (Pity, as we really have a way with landscape filmography.)

  5. Periscope does what every Snapchat user dreams of and records the live streams, allowing you to watch older videos.

  6. As Periscope themselves describe it, “Watching a broadcast isn’t a passive experience like television.” With Periscope, viewers are able to engage with the online footage commenting and liking feeds, with text and hearts displayed on top of the broadcast.

    Image via: Telegraph.uk

  7. If you like a broadcast you can send love to the broadcaster by sending multiple colourful hearts. Each user has a different coloured heart.
  8. With a constant stream of live footage filling your feed, it can be hard to separate the gems from the garbage, so a little New York company, Dextro has flown in to save the day. Their service, Steam categorizes Periscope videos into groups like “Cats and Dogs”, “Nightclubs and Concerts” and “Talking Heads”, allowing you to choose your viewing experience. See more here.

  9. Your favourite celebrities have already jumped on board with the app! Instagram is good and all, but live-streamed videos of celebs? That’s basically the same as being friends!

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Images via: Mashable

 10. There are concerns that services like Periscope will be detrimental to the television industry, creating a free video platform that is near impossible to moderate. (Yikes!) Waves of users live-streamed the internationally discussed Pacquiao-Mayweather boxing match via Periscope, allowing others to tune in to the fight without the hefty fee that came with ordering it on TV… naughty-naughty! 😉 

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What do you think of the new app? WIll you be giving it a try? To start sharing and seeing now, download Periscope here.

Information via:

Mashable, links here and here.

Huffington Post, link here.

Wikipedia, link here.

Business Insider, link here.

Written by Stephanie Nuzzo