What Is Periscope and How Does Periscope Work

Where does the name come from?

Inspired by a submarine’s periscope, the app lets users peek into the lives of people around the world in real-time.

What is Periscope?

Periscope lets users use their mobile devices to broadcast video and audio to viewers. Viewers can watch “live” and interact with the broadcaster by sharing hearts (likes) and comments.

How does Periscope work?

When you follow the broadcaster, Periscope can use your notifications to alert you when they go live (if you so choose). It can also allow you to catch replays if the broadcaster chooses to save any of the broadcasts.

Periscope centers on the live, interactive experience. But many broadcasters save their most recent 2 or 3 videos to allow viewers to catch up on recent content they’ve missed. Generally, most broadcasters rotate these older videos out and replace them with new videos.

How would I get started?

Currently, you can download Periscope from iTunes or Google Play. You can also watch (but not broadcast) using your computer by going to Periscope.TV. To sign up for a free account, download the app and use your Twitter username or phone number.

What kinds of things do you broadcast?

It varies. Right now, I’m doing my second round of the “Love Your World” challenge. 2-3 times a week, I share a quick research-backed tip for boosting your social health and contributing good to the world around you.

How do I follow you?

You can find me by searching for my username (everybodyssista) or going to my profile.

When you click follow, my broadcasts will appear on your Watch Tab. It also allows me to interact with you and to see your broadcasts (if you choose to post any).

If you have the push notifications on your device on, you’ll be notified about my broadcasts.

I hope to see you there!