Periscope Captures the Imagination

“We can presume that Periscope is working on a more robust search feature but, as of now, about the best you can do is follow as many people as possible and just wait to see what develops.”

“So, yeah, there’s plenty of content out there. But it’s a task to find what’s meaningful to you.”

“Or just turn on the new “Couch Mode” feature and flip through endless videos. (The temptation to add “potato” between those two words must have been overwhelming.)” –

Periscope Captures the Imagination


Confessions of a budding Periscope addict

“When you broadcast, you want hearts. When you don’t get them, you wonder what’s wrong with what you’re saying, so you start to push the envelope. If you’re telling a story, you embellish because you want more approval, in real-time, from your audience.” –The Week

“Periscope addiction is inevitable.”

Confessions of a budding Periscope addict


Gunfire streamed on Periscope; leads to arrests

Sacramento police said they arrested two men with a gun who set out to threaten another man “all while broadcasting the whole thing using the Periscope app,” according to local news station, which added: “The two will now face a number of charges.” Police “are calling a video that depicts a man firing a gun from a moving car disturbing,” reported.

“Police say this is the first situation like this they’ve seen locally—a social-media user broadcasting for an hour what could have been a deadly encounter as all of his Periscope followers looked on.” – CBS Sacramento

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Some news organizations recently reported that another Periscope user streamed while he was “pursued by police cars with flashing lights and sirens,” but other posts suggested it may have been a hoax.

Of course, another gunman made news with video and social media last week in Virginia, although he did not stream the incident live.

As previously reported: Several news organizations were reporting that police were Periscoping traffic stops in Fargo, North Dakota.


Fargo Police streamed traffic stops on Periscope

Above: Nicole A Johnson of Valley News Live tweeted this frame grab from a Fargo Police traffic stop on Periscope.

Over the period of “18 hours or so, the @FargoPolice twitter handle… tweeted links to four traffic stops” recently, according to

The department said “they could use Periscope as a tool to build trust,” according to a report from

“But the use of the app Periscope and similar smartphone tools has many asking if they’re an effective way to raise awareness about public safety — or simply a device for public shaming,” NBC News reports.

Gizmodo called the experiment “an embarrassing failure,” continuing:

“Fargo police clearly have no idea what they’re doing, but insist their social media experiment is a worthy one.”

A Fargo Police officer said they were “making sure it does not reveal drivers identities” when they used Periscope, according to

Officer Jessica Schindeldecker told a news station “that it’s just another way for the department to connect with the community and increase transparency,” according to a post at

Valley News Live has a video report:

But at this time, Periscope-related tweets appear to have been deleted from the police timeline and of course the temporary video links have expired.

Other police departments are using Periscope in an attempt to show all sides of police encounters,” according to a report from, adding that recently: “a St. Louis County lieutenant colonel used the app to tape protests in Ferguson, Missouri.”