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Another Tool for Broadcasting!

Posted on | April 16, 2015 | No Comments

periscope You have to love technology.

Social media has changed the game of information sharing and is in the long game process of re-formatting not only how information media work but how the content they rely on is gathered.

One of the tools that I have just started to experiment with is periscope.

I have to admit I love the look and feel and the story!


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 may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

Periscope is not the only twitter enabled video streamer, Meerkat is also in the game.

So which do you try?

If you have had a chance to listen to TechTalk, the program I do with Andrew Thomas the MD of Nexa, you will have a leg up on how to start thinking about these 2 tools and why Andrew is leaning towards Periscope.

Here is the clip from TechTalk where we spoke about Meekat vs Periscope.

The problem with both of these streaming tools is that at the moment they are ONLY Apple iOS friendly.

Fortunately I use an iPad so I do get to get in on the fun.

How it all works is you need to download the appropriate app and it will link to your twitter account to let people know what is happening, but to view the content you need the appropriate app, in my case Periscope.

I turned on the app and it asks for a title, put in a few hashtags and you are broadcasting with notifications in twitter and interaction if you like!

twitter grab

I like the fact that the video can be saved to your camera roll if you like, creating other opportunities to share!

So, what we learned from an early attempt on the show is the video can only be shot in portrait, well with an iPad anyway!

A bit of DocTalk with Periscope.

Is this a tool i like? YES.

Will we use more of it on Nightline? YES.

Classroom applications? MANY.

Should you try it? YES.



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