Social media is an ever changing landscape and recently we saw Periscope become the new kid on the block. A number of bloggers embraced the new platform and here Aly from Bug, Bird, Bee gives us her tips on using Periscope. Aly is an occasional parent and lifestyle on Bug, Bird And Bee but prefers social media to network with other bloggers and brands. Follow Aly on Periscope bugbirdbee and watch her past scopes on Katch.Me
Over to Aly…
1.Watch Periscope Daily
I watched a huge number of broadcasts for a week before I did my first Periscope scope. You can find people to follow by clicking on the Peribuddies icon at the top of the home screen. This will bring up featured, trending and following users.Featured Periscopers are hand picked, trending based on the number of people watching and following are people you follow on Twitter. I found it easier to ask around who was using the app, then see who they are following. I follow as many different types of people so I can see what types of broadcasts are out there.
How do I interact with a scoper?
There are several ways you can engage with them, foremost is the chat function, you can tap the right hand side of your screen to give hearts to show appreciation and finally reshare their broadcast to Twitter and your Periscope followers. You are able to take screen shots of the broadcast, this will show a camera icon float up the right handside of the screen. Why not tweet your snap back to them?
2. Use Periscope on a regular basis
My first scope was really nerve wracking, I fumbled over words and missed out on some important information I wanted to pass on. It’s always a good idea to have something to say when you go live so people know what your broadcast is about, have the points you want to make written down as a reminder.
How do I start?
Once you have downloaded the app and signed in, go to the home page and tap on the peribuddies icon and then the single peribuddy icon. Edit your details on your profile, make sure you have something relevant and interesting so potential followers can see what you’re about.
The only limit is your imagination really, maybe try one of these:
•A recipe you are making
•Tour of your work space
•A special day out
•Talk about your latest blog post
•An event you are at
•Tips on something you are passionate about
•Demonstrate how to do something
•Share someone speaking at an event.
•Review a new product
But there are things to think about, broadcasting at a live concert maybe breaking copyright laws. At a conference I attended last year, a speaker prohibited the use of any filming as he felt those who paid money to attend, should be the ones exclusive access to his session.At the same conference I live-streamed other sessions with permission and the evening blog awards. In public places you need to be mindful of other people, think about where you are and who is about. Remember to engage with your audience in comments, say thank you for watching and encourage them to tap the screen to show love with hearts, and through sharing the scope by swiping right on iOS devices and up on Androids.
3. You won’t always get it right
What I learnt from Google+ hangouts is that things can and will go wrong and Periscope is no different.The best way to handle it is to laugh and move on. This is why I love live-streaming, for its rawness and real time aspect as it shows your audience you as you are.
4. Broadcasting for anonymous and shy bloggers
When you first switch on to broadcast you will see what’s in front of you and so will your audience.This still allows you to broadcast without showing your face, you’ll have to make sure you keep your commentary going by engaging with comments on the screen. If you want to do a selfie video, double tap the screen on the switch icon at the top of the screen.Read the questions and say hi back to people.
5. What to do after your broadcast.