Twitter recently acquired a small live-streaming app called Periscope. It basically allows anybody to live-stream anything from their phone at anytime, anywhere you can get wifi or cell service. It’s an infant, as far as apps go, but it’s pretty powerful. Instead of continuing to explain it… I’ll let Ellen show you:
I didn’t think it would be something I’d get into, but then I read a blog post from my friend Carey all about the possible ministry uses of Periscope and he named several recommendations for people to follow. So, being the early adopter I am, I downloaded the app and tried it out and immediately was struck by the real-time interactive element.
One of the first “scopes” I participated in was from a TV producer who was looking for pitches for shows to produce. I was only on for a couple of minutes, but I wrote in the comment box, “Celebrity Uber Drivers.” And he started talking about that. I was shocked by the feeling I felt when he mentioned my name live and starting interacting and thought, “This is pretty powerful.” I’ve been experimenting with it ever since and even egging on Paul Haugen in doing scopes with cover songs.
I also really enjoy that you can see a world map and jump on any scope you want, but I love that I can zoom in and see if anyone is doing that in my area. I want to make an impact in my area and that means connecting with people I wasn’t previously connected with and this makes it easy to have real-time interaction in a very unique way.
I’ve done several different kind of scopes:
- Talking about what I’m reading and asking for recommendations — in this one I gave away a book
- Talking about favorite music and asking for recommendations
- Streaming some baby birds being fed by their mama in my dad’s backyard
- Interviewing my son, Josiah (big hit)
- Brainstorming for message preparation (since I am a Pastor)
- Showing rehearsal on Sunday morning with our band (@2Cities_Church)
I’m still trying to figure it all out, but I think it’s a platform that will only grow. I know they’re working on an app for desktop and landscape view, which are in high demand.
One guy, Scott Williams, scopes several times a day and he says the key to Periscope is this… You R.O.C.K. it.
Real: Be Real
Often: Be Often
Calculated: Be calculated in what you scope about, where you scope, etc.
Kind: Be Kind
Here’s the infographic that really intrigued me.
You can download the app here and follow @micahfoster, @haugenpaul and @2cities_church to see how we begin to use it.
What do you think about this new platform?