When it comes to social media, Twitter is the end game for me. Twitter is the sole service I use on a daily basis. Facebook is a distant second. When Twitter announced the acquisition of Vine, I immediately started trying it out and still use it today (although not as frequently as I thought I would). With the recent acquisition of Periscope, I had to test the service and find out what all the fuss was about. Here are my top highlights from my usage to date:
1. Without sounding to cliche, this really looks like a game changer. My first test-run was to simply watch other people's live broadcasts. Its kinda weird at first but then as you narrow in on your own followers or start stumbling on interesting topics/feeds, its fun. The ability to comment during the video and watch the "broadcaster" respond to these questions in real-time is cool.
2. When you "like" these videos, you simply hold your finger on the screen and a stream of "hearts" start bursting out of the right corner of your phone. Pretty funny. But after a while, the novelty wore off and it doesn't seem to really add a huge amount of value to the video. I did notice that after I did my first broadcast, Persicope tells me how many "hearts" I generated. Yawn.
3. Speaking of broadcasting, I was in Paris when I first started broadcasting my first periscope videos. Periscope asks me to create the title. So I used "Walking in Paris". I was amazed at how many people joined the stream. After literally 1 second people we were watching me walk in Paris. One contributor to this is that I did allow Periscope to post to my Twitter feed that I was broadcasting live and that you could join "right now" to watch. Regardless, I was still surprised at how many people were on the broadcast within the first minute.
4. So, lets continue with the "Walking through Paris" video. One of the most frequent comments from people as they watch your video is "Say Something". If you are not talking during your broadcast, people start commenting right away --> say something!! say something!! Another thing people do is make rude comments. I guess this is to be expected. But Persicope should figure out a way (if possible) to prevent obscene language from being posted to your videos. Its problematic for two reasons: One, it takes away from the positive vibe of the broadcast. Two, these broadcasts are saved. So, when people swing by later and watch your Periscope reruns, these obscene comments are preserved. Its not something I want "saved" and "repeated" for my followers. As a result, I deleted all videos that people dropped F-bombs on.....
5. In total, I shot about five broadcasts in Paris. When I logged in to Periscope later that day to view all of them, I realized that Periscope does not have a central "account" within the app that allows me to review all my videos. I guess I simply have to go through my twitter feed to view them again? If this is incorrect and there actually exists a place to view all my broadcasts in one area, please let me know.
In conclusion, I found Periscope to be pretty amazing. I really love the real-time feel of the service and I like the immediate interaction with other Twitter users. Personally, I want to use Periscope to conduct impromtu interviews with industry folks I know. We'll see how that goes...
One final point --> I love the fact that periscope houses all the videos on the ".tv" TLD. VeriSign is loving this!
UPDATE: Ironically Periscope pushed some changes to "comments" today via TechCrunch here