Periscope embraces social screeshotting

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“Periscope released an update (this week) for iOS users that lets you see if people are taking screenshots of your videos,’ according to thenewxtweb.com, explaining: “If someone takes one while you’re broadcasting, a screenshot icon will appear on the screen alongside the hearts.”Now you can see if someone screenshots your Periscope broadcasts

“Unlike Snapchat, where the screenshot is a big no-no, Periscope wants screenshotting to be completely social,” according to techcrunch.com, continuing: “Leveraging the Twitter graph is the obvious move.”

More news reports on: Screenshotting with Pericope.

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NomadCast looks like another smart app for live-streaming news

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I have done only a little testing but I like the simplicity of this app, especially the promise that: “Your live stream can be watched directly in the Facebook post or the Tweet.”

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Periscope’s Parachute TV Brings Scheduled Programming To Live Streaming

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With @ParachuteTV1 — a Periscope account with a lineup of scheduled programming — the app is no longer just a home to spontaneous broadcasts. People can now tune in to shows just as they would on television, Netflix and YouTube. –ibtimes.com
Periscope’s Parachute TV Brings Scheduled Programming To Live Streaming: Can It Save Twitter?

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Aggregated Meerkat streams. Tweet all about it.

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Meerkatstreams.com is a site that aggregates live and scheduled streams into one central location. The site was built to enhance the experience around viewing live streaming video. Simple.

NEW! Record upcoming streams with their Live Video Recorder™ (LVR). Learn More.

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This had to happen: Periscope stream leads to burglary suspects

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We all scream for ice cream, but somebody live-streamed while boosting a batch from a truck in Utah this week, according to local news reports.

Police tracked down two juveniles who confessed to the burglary after posting video on Periscope, according to standard.net:

Juveniles caught in ice cream truck burglary after posting video on Periscope

ksl.com reported:

Investigators said both teens admitted to stealing the ice cream and randomly placing the tubs of ice cream on neighbors’ front porches as gifts.

I recently shared that police in India are asking citizens to “report and record crimes using the live-streaming app,” but it would really be easier if perpetrators shared their own crimes in progress.

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When news breaks: Choppers are no match for Periscope

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Above: @JaleelKing was streaming live on Periscope from the high-rise fire Wednesday in Philadelphia.

I had my windows open to the beautiful breezes in Center City Philadelphia Wednesday night when I heard what struck me as an unusually long run from a fire truck siren, as if it was traveling further than usual.

Being an old newsy, I fired up the 5-0 Radio Pro radio scanner app on my iPhone, discovered that the Philadelphia Fire Department was responding to a major incident and tweeted what I heard:

(I later read that “a rooftop fire sent smoke billowing throughout the building” which housed apartments at 640 North Broad Street, according to phillymag.com.)

Some journalists quarrel with the idea of tweeting scanner reports but — after decades in news photography — I’ve got the knowledge and experience to figure some things out here in Philadelphia. (I also like the “Batavian’s basic rules for scanner reporting” as a place to start.)

Next, I was about to check Twitter for witnesses on the scene when my phone whistled an alert from the Periscope app, indicating that local photographer Jaleel King had gone live with a stream labeled: “Fire at 640 N Broad St.” (That’s where I grabbed the image at the top of this post.)

And there I was at my kitchen table, watching a live report on my phone, perhaps one minute after wondering about the siren outside my window.

Opening my laptop to search for more information with Tweetdeck, I found another scanner reporter and witnesses on the scene, including one resident who posted a little video and this photo:

Exciting night here. Seems like half of the Philly Fire Department is here.

A photo posted by Jake Steinerman (@jasteinerman) on

About 10 minutes after I tweeted and shared King’s Periscope stream, I saw the first social media report from a local newsroom, when @6ABC posted a tweet with this aerial view:

Action News had a full report with dramatic video and interviews with evacuees by the time they went live for the 11 p.m. news show.

But when news breaks, I am now finding live reports from people the scene appearing much faster than traditional newsrooms can match — and I have to wonder if sending a helicopter makes much sense anymore.

Wouldn’t it be a better public service for journalists to find, authenticate, contextualize and re-share what’s being reported before they can possibly arrive? Or else why should we look to them first?

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Small businesses take Periscope for a test drive in Charlotte

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Testers call Periscope fast, easy, authentic and more:Small businesses take Periscope for a test drive. Here’s what they learned.

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