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I tried Periscope this week. It’s a Twitter creation that streams live video to whoever happens to tune into the feed at the time.

“Let’s just try it,” I say to my boyfriend, while we’re eating breakfast at local restaurant.

“Periscope?” He raises an eyebrow.

“It does live video. Like a mini-broadcast, I suppose.” I open my newly downloaded Periscope app. “Here, I’ll broadcast you, eating.” I  hit the red button, and presto! Begin transmitting. He looks at the camera and shakes his head.

“I pity whoever is watching this,” he says dryly.

I roll my eyes, “Oh come on, who would actually watch this.” I stop suddenly in horror. Someone has joined the live feed. Then another person. “Oh my god.”

“Boring, boring, boring,” he is saying, poking at his eggs.

I fumble with my phone, trying to turn the camera off, “They’re actually watching! People are watching!”

I finally get the camera to turn off and start laughing. “Oh my god, that was insane. Look, look…”I point at my periscope update. “Five people tuned into watch.” I sit back, “Wow, that’s so weird! They didn’t even know what they were going to get.”

He is still shaking his head at me. “Worst broadcast ever.”

“You know what I should’ve done, I should’ve periscoped my class this morning.” I had taught a public class in Whistler outside. “Now that would have been thinking. What could this be good for?” I’m musing.

On my recent visit to Toronto, I stayed at an AirBnB of a hairstylist. Amongst our pleasantries and how-do-you-do’s, she had mentioned that she was planning on using periscope to transmit her live classes. Periscope could be useful in many learning situations, where an immediate live feed could provide visuals for psychomotor skills to the public. You could publicize it on twitter, similar to a Twitter chat. “Live Periscope Feed at 5 pm!” Or the like. The video could then be saved and perhaps more artfully curated for video distribution. The issue that could rise from impromptu video screenings: privacy, privacy, privacy.

“Huh.” I say. My boyfriend again raises his eyebrows and shakes his head.

“Okay,” I say, “I’m almost done with the phone.” The eggs look great.  And I’m going to eat them – right after I instagram them for posterity.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Nicole

    Thank you for sharing your periscope experience!!! Wow that is very interesting and not what I expected! PEOPLE WATCHED?!?! How crazy is the internet now a days. I would be a skeptic lol as to who would want to watch me eat breakfast. Not sure if this is something I would try but I appreciate your openness to experiences!

  • Gretchen

    I just heard about Periscope and the thing that interested me most was exactly what you mentioned – live streaming a yoga class. Have you seen anyone do this yet? It seems like the possibilities are endless but I wouldn’t know how to do it.

    Cool blog by the way, I like it 🙂

  • Rachel

    Hi there!
    Kino Macgregor has been doing a bunch of this. I think you’d just have to hash out student privacy issues before filming!

  • Rachel

    Seacoast New Hampshire!!
    I’m from New Hampshire – a Bedford gal myself.
    Love your nerdyyogi site 🙂 and love your photos of chaturanga! Hilarious – and not so exaggerated 🙂
    Thanks for connecting, Gretchen!

  • Gretchen

    Small world!! I’m in the Portsmouth/Dover area 🙂
    Thanks for checking out my site – it’s still new but I’m having fun!

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