14 April 2015 | Team Tamar

Periscope – The world is your oyster


Unless you’ve been hiding for the past few weeks, you’ll doubtless have heard of the “hip” new social media app, Periscope. Recently launched, it has already been downloaded onto thousands of excited smartphones. If you are wondering what this craze is all about and whether you should jump on the band wagon, don’t worry – we’ve carefully looked through the app and have highlighted what Periscope is and why we think you should “get social” with this app.

What is Periscope all about?

Unveiled as the best social media platform, Periscope lets you share LIVE videos with others, offering them the possibility of discovering what is going on in the world.

But how does it work?

How does it work?

You can create an account via your Twitter account and link everything from there in terms of followers and profile picture. However, you can also view the latest broadcasts that are posted on an international level, and virtually travel around the world to receive the latest news.

It’s a great way to receive and share live updates from all over the world and everyone, including celebrities, seem to be enjoying this astonishing live up-date social platform. But how would you benefit from it?

Why you should try it

This sounds very similar to Meerkat doesn’t it? So how different are they and why should you consider switching? We have appraised both apps and note that yes, you can only login with your twitter account but Meerkat is not as user friendly as Periscope can be. For instance, there are too many widgets on the screen when watching a broadcast which could make you miss out on the feeling of living what the other person is going through.

Meerkat or Periscope?

Another reason to go from Meerkat to Periscope is how much Meerkat is out-dated and the apparent migration of all your favourite celebrities towards Periscope (for apparently commercial reasons – if the rumours are to be believed). Therefore, if you want to keep following all the latest news and step into their own shoes, it’s worth considering Periscope.

What still needs improving?

Periscope is yet to improve on its availability to everyone in the sense that if you do not have a twitter account you cannot use Periscope. This would enable a greater reach to potential users.

Even though Periscope is doing a good job at banning any breaching of copyrighting rules, it is currently struggling to prevent and stop any inappropriate comments that come up during the broadcasts.

Another point that should be considered is the privacy levels. Again, Periscope, being a social media network, has attracted millennials in their droves and a wide base of users who may not be aware of just how public their profile is on social media and the data they are making available.

Team Tamar