Time to see what the elite 11-member team of periscope have been working on. Included in today’s update:
- Tap to reply to viewers in chat. Fantastic. “Reply” is now on the same menu that is used to block people. Tap on their chat box/image and one of the options is now reply. It will then add their @-twitter-handle to your text line so you can type in your reply. Not 4 hours ago, I was utterly embarrassed when I rushed to type in a name and it was autocorrected to “hoarder” in my comment. Sorry, @scottbudman, I promise I wasn’t calling you a hoarder!
- Take new profile picture/upload from your camera roll. Hopefully this will herald the end of the bland eggs for everyone who didn’t bother with a picture. Periscope is about seeing. Don’t be shy – show us the real you. It’s all about the connection, baby 😉
- Phone number sign up for Periscope. I actually love periscope’s close ties with Twitter. I like looking people up after a broadcast or insightful comments. Has anyone tried signing up with just their number? Does the number stay private? I love you all….but I don’t want to give my number out to the whole world. After Periscope’s original privacy ooops that let people zoom in to the broadcaster’s street on the map (thank heaven’s they fixed it), I’m wary of using my phone number to sign in. Periscope should have clarified how exactly this would work with respect to privacy.
- Followers’ list sorted by recent (instead of alphabetical). Fantastic! Names don’t stick with me. This will make it sooo much easier to catch the ones you’ve missed and see who’s doing worthwhile content.
- Personal full broadcast history. The broadcast section of your profile now shows the full broadcast history of your account. The 24 hour rule still applies – no recordings are saved past 24 hours. You will have a full history of your time on periscope, though. Just think of how LOOOOONG @amandaOleander’s list must be!
- Twitter verified badges now appear in user sections and in search. I find this a tad unfair. The whole point of verifying users is to not be fooled by impostors. Fine. Thanks. However, periscope gives verified users extra perks – namely, allowing more users to chat before it’s “too full” and blocked. There are some periscope users who I’d like to see pushed above the 100 person limit who have no way of doing so. Hopefully they will address this soon.
That’s it. What do you think? Did they miss anything? I know it doesn’t seem like much, but remember atleast 2 members of the team are working on the android app. Several others have specific tasks that don’t leave time for working on updates. What updates would you like to see? I have already submitted several to the periscope team, including:
- Landscape mode
- Invite response options: mute user’s invites, mute all invites for 1 hour, invites as a fading banner at top of screen instead of a badge, invites don’t pull the focus out of chat if you’re in the middle of typing.
Spotlight Periscope of the Day [#SPotD]:
Today was kind of a slow day. Aside from the folks I adore and watch all of the time, I enjoyed this little snippet of a good outside mud bath with @FndoSolorzano. New to me, but looked fun:
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