On first hearing about Periscope, my immediate reaction was… Oh no, not ANOTHER social media platform I really SHOULD be on, I don't consistently keep up with the ones I'm on already, I just want to paint!
For those who don’t know what Periscope is, it’s a social media platform, integrated with Twitter, which allows you to live stream video to the world. Other Periscopers join your live broadcast, and text talk to you from all kinds of far flung corners of the earth. The recording stays live on Periscope for 24 hours, then disappears, although you can save your recordings to your camera roll, or record them via Katch.me if you wish. (Apparently, there are other similar platforms, Meerkat is another well known one, I am sticking to the one stream for now, there’s only so much social I can keep up with.)
Despite my initial concerns, after being encouraged to give Periscope a go at a meeting last month, I took a deep breath and pressed that ‘Broadcast’ button from my studio later that day, and gave 15-20 or so people a virtual tour of my art studio… It was surprisingly easy. Nerve-wracking… but easy. Read more →