Twitter’s new Periscope app provides an interactive slice of life for your viewing pleasure. Here’s a few tips to make your viewers happy. [[Hint–viewers want to be able to SEE what you’re showing.]]
Lighting: no one wants to watch a fuzzy picture of you or your dogs in the dark. Turn the lights on! We want to see you. We want to connect. Give up on being shy.
Focus: to download the app, you have to have a decent camera. What’s with all the fuzzy?? Please tap the screen to focus.
Space: The bottom third of the screen will be covered — don’t leave any blank space above you (or whatever you are showing). It will be blocked by comments or titles. This is one of the biggest newbie mistakes.
Stability: no one wants to watch a jumping, dizzying screen. Use a tripod or a mount. Prop your phone up with some sun glasses OR some books and a shirt. Take care to have a steady hand. Use a moderate and steady turning movements (unless your subject is a crazy fast race car). Stability is especially important in a car. I nearly thought all car periscopes were crap but even periscoping on the autobahn looks great if you have a mount for your phone.
Best periscope of the day:
Lots of great stuff going on today, but I have to go with Eric Appel (@erockappel) who whipped out a (frozen) cake and sweet tunes to celebrate Oprah’s first time on periscope.