Is “Periscope” The Next Big Thing?
This morning we had some fun with a new mobile application I found over the weekend, “Periscope,” which allows users to broadcast live video streams from their mobile devices, giving viewers an inside look into what they’re doing.
Periscope appears to have the makings of becoming the next big thing and the hottest moving social media application on iTunes and Android marketplaces. All you do is download the app, sign up using your Twitter account, and boom, you can view any broadcast from anywhere in the world, or even launch your own.
You can like or comment in real-time, find users near by, and search for others. Streams can be titled, and are important because it gives viewers an idea on what to expect before deciding to tune in.
According to the Periscope “About Us,” “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.”