I have been on Periscope app for nearly three years. I was an early adopter and it has been a fascinating journey. I have met some wonderful people and made life long friends. I have come to the conclusion that one has to have a robust self esteem to be able to broadcast live. One never knows how it will go or how it will make one feel. It’s all a bit of luck that the technology will work and signal and subject. It all has to be regarded as a bit of fun and mind expanding experience. Things that would have phased me at first, now I take with a pinch of salt. Trolls that try to trip one up, now just get blocked without a blink. But sometimes, it still feels scary and exciting.
I have never encountered a social app that has changed the way one encounters other users quite like Periscope. From the start it was so much more interesting than Twitter. The Twitter accounts suddenly came alive with the real people behind them. You could visit them where they live, see their towns, pets, homes. You could get to know them, on a daily basis and become very close. I think it was overwhelming to begin with. Since the number of users has increased so much now, it is three years old in March 2018, it is much too busy to become so involved with people. Although I do still like to stick with the friends whom, I know and enjoy so much. I have routines everyday, of who I want to catch up with. Some political, some musical, some just lovely people. I could see how it could be overwhelming for new comers to the app. I think it really is about building relationships, and this is the most rewarding part of it Even when users come and go, it is always nice to see old faces pop up on your screen when you go Live. It is also nice to meet new people and watch their journey on Periscope.
How has it changed in three years?
There have been many iterations of the app. It is a free app and only recently became monetised. Since the advent of the VIP program and the Super Hearts, things have changed a lot in the broadcasting community.
It was a level playing field before this with content being King and winning the hearts and minds of the viewers. The Periscope team would step in, from time to time and “feature” broadcasts when they had particular merit. Now with the changes it is still possible to win a vast audience, if you are talented, with great content but discoverabilty is lower now unless one is part of the new program.
It was never my intention to become a “broadcaster”, I was just playing with the app for fun and to learn how it all worked. Periscope was one of the earliest, free broadcasting apps, so it was a new world for me.
When the VIP program came in I was not interested in putting myself forward as I didn’t think I could devote enough time to meet their criteria. It didn’t stop me playing with the app and enjoying reaching out to friends across the world. I have noticed the change in the number of viewers as promoted scopes are given support and often are producing great content.
I am quite happy to talk to a few people and have a good interaction and to learn new things as they are introduced, like using OBS or Open Broadcast Software to enhance functions within the broadcast. I’ve encountered my inner geek and I’m happy to spend hours of my non work time (which is very limited) on my new hobby of trying to make broadcast software work.
I would love to hear of your experiences with Periscope App in the comments below.