Periscope as many other online communities are extremely addictive. When I say addictive, I mean responding to ‘that noise’ that lets you know someone’s gone live.

PERISCOPE – An apparatus consisting of a tube attached to a set of mirrors or prisms, by which an observer (typically in a submerged submarine or behind a high obstacle) can see things that are otherwise out of sight.

For all those that didn’t know the standard definition look above!
Periscope, the online community has a similar formula. This app created by Twitter, allows a user to stream live and communicate to a number of users across the globe with the option of Tweeting out a link to their Live Stream. Also being able to choose whether or not to make their video public or viewable to certain users.

PERISCOPE SLOGAN – “Explore the world in real time through someone else’s eyes.”

Periscope like the rest of these on
line platforms, benefit its users in many ways. Allowing the user to gain personal confidence – The user doesn’t know who will next jump into their live stream, everyone is unfamiliar with one another until someone begins a conversation.Periscope can also benefit business wise. I remember (this was literally like 3 mins ago,) watching a live stream from a radio station in Kingston Jamaica. The presenter switched on and got over 100 views! A brand new audience, just from Periscope alone!

One challenge which was inevitable is copyright. A perfect example – Anyone could go to the cinema and switch on a live stream, giving viewing access to the entire world. This is something I believe the company have been paying attention to for some time now seen as the service needs better tools and policies to deal with copyrighted content. A limitation that I found quite strange was the f
act that if a user has over 1k viewers, only those that joined up until that mark are able to communicate with the live streamer. I think this is slightly unfair, especially seen as not everyone works within the same time zone. One person
may receive ‘that noise’ that lets you know someone has gone live long before I do, I mean they do.Periscope


1 Comment

  1. Periscope is a great example of how Internet communities are evolving. Online social media platforms have transformed from traditional written communication to correspondence through live streaming. This allows the audience to have a more personal connection as there is no need to imagine what the person on the other end of the computer looks like. Do you think this form of communication will eventually become the main form of social media? and would this remove the fascination aspect of social media as it will be a harder to create an ideal image of yourself?

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