How To Create Your First Broadcast With Periscope
A few blogs back we wrote about Periscope finally making it on Android, and in this post we are happy to go into further detail on how to use the application on your phone, what to use it for and why you may want to do all of the above.
What is Periscope?
Before moving into details, let’s remind ourselves of what the app does.
Periscope is a live video broadcast app, owned by Twitter. The goal of the app is to bring live broadcasting to the surface of the popular social network and make sure we can get and record instant video feeds from all over the world in a matter of seconds.
How to install Periscope on Android?
Installing Periscope is a piece of cake and the app can be easily found in the Play Store. Once you have located the app and chosen to install it, you will be presented with quite a lengthy list of app permissions: the app will be asking for access to your camera, microphone, social media and other locations. For a social app like Periscope, these kind of permission requests seem to be well-justified and after approving them, the installation process should move along seamlessly.
How to set up your account?
In order to use Periscope, you will need to set up a Twitter account (provided you don’t have one already). After that is settled, use your Twitter account details to log into Periscope. After approving your Twitter ID, you will need to create a separate username for your Periscope account. After getting this done, the app will offer you a list of people to follow, based on your Twitter contact list.
A great thing about the Android version of the app is the ability to set up multiple accounts. You can do this easily by tapping the Add Account button within the app and then switch between the various accounts as you please.
Using Periscope: interface
If you are familiar with Tublr, you may find a lot if similarities between it and Periscope interface. You will be presented with a selection of videos, which you can scroll through and tap on to watch.
When watching the video, you will also get a glimpse of the scrollable list of comments in the bottom left corner. Tap Say Something to voice your opinion, ask a question or even give a suggestion to the broadcaster – as all your comments will be delivered to the person filming the video in real time.
A cool feature of Periscope is that you can “like” a broadcast multiple times (unlike on Facebook or Instagram). By tapping the video, you give it a “heart”– and you can tap as many times as you want, creating a sort of applause wave for the video creator.
You can manage the content you see through the three icons on the main screen.
“TV” will show you the current broadcasts being filmed by those on your contact list.
“Globe” presents a random selection of broadcasts from around the world.
“People” will offer you a list of the most popular users.
“Person in circle” will show you own profile, letting you know how many followers you have and who they are.
At the bottom of the main screen, you will see Settings. Through this menu item, you will be able to manage your notifications and broadcasting options.
Note: you can choose to autosave your broadcasts in the camera roll, as Periscope deleted the data after 24 hours.
How to create your first broadcast?
When looking through any video feed, you will notice a red camera icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Tap the red Record button to begin your own live broadcast.
- You will be asked to give your video a title – try to make it clear and relevant, so that your followers know what it is about.
- You will be offered two options: making your broadcast Public or Private. A public broadcast will be available to everyone, while a private one can only be seen by a selection of people from your contact list.
- Under the title line, you will be able to toggle on or off three more options: location (allowing or not allowing people to see where you are), enabling or disabling comments for the broadcast and the option to share or not to share the broadcast on Twitter.
- With all the settings settles, press Start Broadcast to begin.
Important: make sure to have a reliable Wi-Fi connection before starting the broadcast in order not to rack up your phone bill.