Now that we’re all awake and rocking this Tuesday morning, let’s get caught up on my favorite new live video streaming app, Periscope.
Periscope lets you explore the world through the eyes of somebody else. Live in living color.
The best part about Periscope is that the platform can provide an inside look at news events around the globe. Or for me, I post travel walks, restaurants, and such. I do enjoy it until a creepy guy follows and asks me to double tap on the screen. Don’t do it. It flips the camera so it can show you.
Ways to use it to build your following:
- Conduct interviews with those in your industry. I have yet to do this personally, however news companies are using this for live coverage and / or behind-the-scenes views for followers.
- Share tips & tricks on how-to’s. The possibilities for this are truly endless.
- Run an interactive Q&A on a topic of your expertise or as an interview for your followers to ask you or to ask the person you are interviewing. It’s like a pod-cast but live. Super cool.
- If you’re a wanderer like me, you’ll want to show your surroundings. I love watching the ocean or just seeing someone explore a new place. I post a lot of this. Mainly because I want to share my view without having to explain it. I’m always long-winded so when I do choose silence it’s a sometimes beautiful thing for anyone that follows me.
- Use the proper hashtags. This is the same for anyone on any social media platform.
- Always, always be aware of your geo tracking. DO NOT have it on if you’re at home unless you want the world to know where you live.
- Jump into a new category seamlessly. If you want to be a foodie, yogi, runner, photographer, writer, whatever, you can do this with making these broadcasts because it allows you to integrate into a new market and topic with little to no effort. All you have to do is go live.
I’ve had a few experiences with the bad sides of this platform as well because you’re vulnerable to trolls online and they’ll attack you any chance they can.
Sadly most of them don’t know how to use the heart system and will double-tap on the screen and that little double-tap makes the screen fill with hearts that notifies you that they’re watching you.
Much like so many platforms online, posting pushes you to be open and vulnerable. It’s the price we all pay to be online. It’s not always great but majority of time it’s amazing because we get to connect with so many wonderful people. The good outweighs the bad every single time, in my opinion.
I challenge you to post. Post your live activities out into the world and see that there are so many people that need to see what you share. They need to hear what you have to tell them or the sounds of the place you’re in. They need to connect with something, someone, or somewhere far away from where they are now because they, you, and I all need to connect. It’s in our psyche. “Scientists have proven that the positive effects from connecting with others are lasting.” – PBS. And I couldn’t agree more.
Be vulnerable. Be open. Connect and prosper.
Find me on Periscope @BellaPortaro