And finally, the world’s biggest video behemoth has hopped on the vertical bandwagon as well.
“YouTube may have risen to prominence on desktops 10 years ago, but now half of all views take place on mobile devices. Accordingly, the company unveiled a redesigned app last month that will accommodate vertical videos — meaning those unseemly black bars will soon be gone for good.” –entrepreneur.com
Above: @STLFireDept Periscoped firefighters at work in St. Louis today.
But you will really feel the difference while broadcasting, knowing now that there are more ways for viewers to consume and share your reports, as I discovered while experimenting over the weekend.
Now, it makes more sense to ask your viewers to retweet your link because everyone can come back and watch for up to 24 hours.
The web replay view also makes it possible for viewers to watch once before deciding if they want to capture a copy, as I often do with Quicktime or apps such as Snapz.
And now that the Periscope app makes it possible for viewers to grab and share a link to the stream, they can very easily repost to Facebook or their blogs, or share via SMS or email. (So, you might want to suggest those possibilities while broadcasting.)
To get the related URL while viewing a live or recorded video inside the Periscope app, users now need only to swipe right, click “Share” and touch “Copy to Clipboard.” Then, they can paste it anywhere.
If the video is live, users will still find the previous options to share the stream directly with their followers inside the app.
A post at Softpedia’s Webscripts Homepage agrees with The Verge that removing the 24-hour limit and enabling embeds are the next critical steps for Periscope, making it possible for users to share live and recorded videos “just like you can with tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos.”
There are some workarounds presently possible with applications capable of capturing live video from your laptop screen and and rebroadcasting with embed codes, but the processes are brutally cumbersome and produce horizontal windows with shadowboxing around vertical videos.
For now at least, Twitter Just Made Periscope Better, according to WebProNews, adding: “Though much of our internet use is increasingly taking place on mobile, there is still a great deal of importance left when it comes to the desktop, so this is a significant move for Twitter’s new service.”
We’re starting to spot more stories on the potential of Periscope for the news business.
“Journalists might see Periscope not as content delivery, but as context delivery,” according to a post from storybench.org, explaining how “the one-on-one feel of a Periscope broadcast on your personal screen… allows news consumers to tag along with journalists out in the field.”
Oh the places you’ll go: Tapping Periscope for reporting – Storybench
Meanwhile, journalism.co.uk has an update on How livestreaming apps fit in the newsroom.
And new NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt has been experimenting with Periscope and says “That’s the direction I think we are all going in,” according to a post at jamestownsun.com.
Young drivers are already using Periscope during Saturday night dirt track races, according to a recent article from beyondtheflag.com:
Periscope Could Change The Landscape Of NASCAR Forever
Off the track, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr. recently used Periscope “to give fans an exclusive look at his life on three different occasions,” according to sportingnews.com. And nascartalk.nbcsports.com reported that Earnhardt “has elicited some help on what to do on Periscope from teammate Jimmie Johnson.”
“I’ve just been experimenting, playing with it,” reported NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, according to a recent post at wlfi.com, where he added: “I’m having fun with it.”
However, Beyond the Flag continued:
“If NASCAR was smart, they would begin to utilize this kind of technology on the track as well as off,” according to the news and fan community site. Have pit crews broadcast live from the drivers pit box to give an update on their strategy, give fans a question and answer session during pace laps of a race, or even let fans join their favorite driver in an up close and personal look at their victory lane celebrations.
For now, most of the Periscope streams with titles including “NASCAR” seem to be coming from fans. Here is a glance at related tweets:
Traffic spiked on streamalism.org this week, with all the attention to reporting from Baltimore. So, for the benefit of those just getting here: This site is still new enough that you can go back and read it all in one sitting. Here is every post, with the oldest at the top: