If you are anything like me, the last thing you want or need is to be sucked into another social media platform vortex. However, I have stumbled upon an app so fun that I had to share.
It all started around the time of the FitBloggin conference this past June. A bunch of my tribe were posting about this new app called “Periscope“. I had no idea what it was and at the time really wasn’t interested in finding out. It wasn’t until the college marching band my daughter was auditioning for tweeted about a scope of the rookie show this week that I even gave it a second thought.
But for a chance to catch a glimpse of my baby girl from 1100 miles away you better believe I downloaded the app!
So what is Periscope? Periscope is a division of Twitter that allows you to video record and broadcast from anywhere in the world. Think of it as your own personal TV station. If you’ve ever used Skype, it is similar except instead of broadcasting to one individual, you can broadcast to anyone who is willing to watch. Your followers will be alerted when you begin broadcasting live and then after you are finished, your broadcast will be available for replay for the next 24 hours. Their tagline is “Explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes.”
How do you start “scoping”? You can sign up for Periscope in two ways – by logging in with your existing Twitter account, or by creating a new account using your cellphone number. If you use Twitter, you will have the option of pushing an alert to Twitter as well, thus potentially increasing your audience. As your broadcast plays, your followers can send you hearts (think of them as “likes”) by taping the screen and if you are broadcasting live, a chat bar will also be visible. The other day I found a random Scope from Honolulu and when I typed “Hi from Michigan” the scoper said “Hi” back to me. It was pretty cool.
When you sign up for Periscope, you will be given an option to follow people you already follow on Twitter who are also using Periscope (or at least have an account). When you click on your friend’s name, it will show whether they have broadcast anything in the past 24 hours. If they have, click it to watch! You can also set your account to allow notifications and if any of your Scopers start broadcasting, you will get an alert and you can watch and interact in real time.
Don’t have any Scopers broadcasting but you still want to check it out? Click on the globe at the bottom of the screen and you will be taken to a map of the world. The numbers represent people broadcasting live at that moment. What are people scoping? It could be literally ANYTHING. So be prepared. Just a quick look at Florida as I was typing this post showed a girl doing a hair and makeup demo, a person walking on Daytona Beach (my favorite), a person getting tattooed in Jacksonville, people waiting to get on the Rock N Roller Coaster at Disney (sad the ride was currently broken) and another person exploring the Art of Animation Resort at Disney. A few of my friends have posted recently their walks across the London Bridge (@CoreyLearn), cooking/meal prep demos (@katrinaellep),making fitness a priority and setting yourself up for success (@momslrb) and my friends Margo (@ShesNachoMama) and Christine (@DubyaWife) host #Inspiriscope on Mondays (Margo) at 8am PST and Thursdays (Christine) at 5pm PST where they discuss motivation, weightloss, and all manner of awesomeness. Runner Dani (@IrishEyes1982) is working on increasing her Periscope presence. FitBlogger David (@keepitupdavid) scopes workout related broadcasts and is beginning to scope more food-related topics.
I haven’t attempted a broadcast yet because frankly, I really don’t think anyone needs a glimpse into my life at the moment, but maybe I’ll start soon. I have this little race coming up across the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day and that could be a pretty cool scope if the wind doesn’t threaten to blow me off the bridge and into the Straits of Machinaw. We shall see! We here at Shrinking Jeans have an account and we would love to start a weekly scope of some kind, so if there are topics you’d like us to address, hit us up in the comments and make sure you follow us @shrinkingjeans.