Would you quit your job to Periscope full-time? This guy did.

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“He says he hasn’t kept a dime of the donation money for himself, but he’s starting to see an influx of brands and ad agencies contacting him. It’s not hard to see why—over the past month, he’s racked up more than 22 million hearts (the Periscope equivalent of Facebook Likes) and is now ranked No. 16 on Periscope’s “Most Loved” list worldwide.” –Mashable

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Latest Periscope update brings more features

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Above: KTVU reporter Allie Rasmus used Periscope while covering this fire on a Bay Area military base Tuesday afternoon.

Periscope for iOS now lets you control which users you receive notifications from, and uses iOS’ Handoff so you can start watching a stream on one device and seamlessly transition to a different one later,” according to thenextweb.com.

As Mashable explains: “You may want to get a notification when your favorite band or celebrity live streams something, but the feature lets you quiet alerts from power users you don’t want to hear from multiple times a day the feature lets you quiet alerts from power users you don’t want to hear from multiple times a day,” adding that: “The feature can be accessed on each person’s Periscope profile page.”

“Don’t worry about missing their shows, though,” because according to engadget.com: “Their updates still appear on your feed.”

“But even better” — says TechCrunch — “the app now allows you to move between devices thanks to added support for iOS 8 Handoff. That means you can now watch Periscope live via Safari on Mac, for example.

According to The Verge: “The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold.”

Just catching up? The Huffington Post just published: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

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New features on the way for Periscope?

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“Our observation, our personal feelings, guided us toward portrait being the predominant capture mechanism and viewing experience,” he said. “That obviously creates conflicts when the output device from a Periscope ends up being a TV, and now all of a sudden our experience doesn’t look so hot, which is why we need to make it better.” –Periscope CEO via cnbc

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Al Roker Launches Periscope Ratings Index

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They’ve already found that streams are most effective during evening hours, that people with low Twitter followings can generate large streaming audiences, and that Hillary Clinton will draw eyeballs. –adweek.com

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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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