Are you using Periscope yet?
I learned about Periscope a little over a month ago while I was at work. Several bands were using Periscope to connect with their fans around the globe. I thought it was a very interesting concept, so I decided I had to check it out. I didn’t realize a similar app called Meerkat had been on the market for awhile…all I knew is Periscope was taking the world by storm and I had to learn more.
You can learn all about Periscope and how it works from their website, so I’m going to spare those details here. What I will tell you about, however, is my personal experience with this new platform.
#1 – Your mom is going to call and text immediately after starting the broadcast – and the six people you texted earlier will now text you back. Within 60 seconds of staring my first broadcast, all of these things happened. My phone was dinging and buzzing like crazy. I’m not certain whether or not you can put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode while doing a broadcast, but that’s what I’m going to do next time! I will report back with my findings! 🙂
#2 – Facebook notifications are going to go crazy after a comment you just left on someone else’s wall before the broadcast. This goes along with the previous issue and I’m hoping that DND mode on my iPhone will remedy this.
#3 – Someone you greatly admire like network marketing expert Todd Falcone just may join your broadcast…(OMG! I couldn’t believe Todd actually joined in my first periscope!!) This seriously happened! I’m not quite sure how he found me, but I about fell out of my chair when I saw his name pop up on my screen. I’m thinking maybe he searched for the keyword network marketing in the Periscope people search, since that phrase is in my bio. This is helpful information for you to know in case you’re looking to connect with specific type of people on Periscope. For example, moms, DIYers, foodies, etc.
#4 – Your phone needs to have a good charge – otherwise it will probably die…like mine did. The Periscope App consumes a lot of data and a lot of battery life. Make sure your phone has adequate charge or plug it in while you’re broadcasting.
#5 – Spammers are going to say rude, awful things to try and throw you off. I’ve done three broadcasts so far and the first was my most uncomfortable, which makes sense. The first time is usually the most difficult – with any endeavor. In my first broadcast, there were three individuals who made really awkward statements throughout the stream. I’m not going to tell you what they said, but let’s just say they were unprofessional and ungentlemanly. Be prepared and don’t let these jerks derail you!
#6 – Genuinely nice people will say hello and ask great questions. Thankfully the good outweighed the bad. There were plenty of great people asking fabulous questions. My first two broadcasts attracted about 45-60 people and my third broadcast drew an audience of about 88 people – many of whom were very conversational and friendly.
Overall, my experience with Periscope has been positive and I look forward to using it more in the coming weeks.
If you’re on Periscope, make sure you follow me – @dialkrista. Are you using this new tool? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your perspective!
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