It’s a new day for journalism and even criminal evidence collection. You no longer need a college degree in either of those fields to potentially break a major story or solve a major crime.
Well, technically you do still need the degree to work in the field, but with the smartiest smart phones ever and the continuing development of social media video apps, we really only need to know how to use the technology available to us and be in the right place at the right time.
My latest schooling is focused on Periscope, Twitter’s social media video app. In fact, my last five @RashionalThts tweets were “live on Periscope.” Guess I should chill out a little because I only downloaded and used the app for the first time Saturday afternoon.
My Baptist Communicators Association buddies Kyle and Brian introduced me to Periscope earlier this year, but it was my TAB colleague Wanda who convinced me to actually start using it. She is having lots of fun with it and has great ideas for how we can use it at TAB.
Less than 48 hours into my Periscope world, I have discovered a few things:
- The 24-hour news cycle is proven true — it’s old news after that and the Periscope broadcast disappears after 24 hours.
- The app is easy to use but there are limitations such as you can only video in portrait mode.
- The iPad is better for this app than the iPhone because of its size.
- There are Periscope-looking apps available for purchase but they are not the real thing. Remember that Periscope is a free app.
- If you are near people who might talk to you, then let them know what you are doing. We are still getting used to people videoing on their phones and tablets much less broadcasting live. How many times have you walked up to someone and started talking or walked in front of someone not realizing they were videoing? Just think if it were live!
Author and virtual mentor Michael Hyatt has more to say on the subject. Click here to see his suggestions for improvements.
What is your experience with Periscope, Meerkat or other social media video apps? What tips do you have?
—Jennifer Davis Rash