Just a few days back, Twitter launched a live-streaming mobile app which everyone thought of as the best that have ever happened in social media. Periscope app was launched in March 26, just a couple of weeks after another live video streaming app, Meerkat, debuted in March 2015. Both Periscope and Meerkat became popular in the micro-blogging site Twitter and are available in iOS, but the latter has sinced dropped from the U.S. iPhone download chart.
We are not here to talk about the Periscope-Meerkat rivalry. Rather focus on the beauty of this mobile streaming app and the creepy side of it.
Since Periscope gained more popularity, a lot of followers instantly gained access to never before seen places and fridges (what’s all about these fridges, anyway?), breaking news of today, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to the sunset beaches in Australia, walking home to the streets of Tokyo Meguro district, and even, to the most favorite, the sofa.
There are cats persicoping too! And pugs, and labradors, etc.
To say the most, Periscope allowed every person in this planet to be in more than one place in just a push of the button and enjoy the beauty of it. Thanks to them, Periscope Broadcasters for sharing their awesome places.
But with great power, comes great responsibilities. Or so.
With the beauty of this advanced technology, people with sick minds can easily penetrate and lure victims to pornscoping – a term we concocted just a while ago. Periscope could also be taken advantage by people who love showing off their wares. We’re not saying this in theory because we have already seen what Periscope viewers can do.
Just in a couple of days trying out this new app, we’ve already been introduced to many faces and different kinds of people in the Persicope world. The good thing is, only small percent of Periscopers are inclined (or doing) in pornscoping. What concerns us most are the Periscope viewers who came from different parts of the world and are stranger to Periscopers. Most of them we see as are perverts and voyeurs who are waiting to devour little red riding hoods of Periscope.
Another concern is the age limit. While we review the app, we’ve found out that as long as you have an iOS phone, you can download Periscope without so much restrictions. We see a lot of kids (13 years old) broadcasting without adult supervisions and are entertaining chat conversations with a lot of strangers, many of them using explicit words on the chat box.
Location also bothers us but thank goodness that you can disable your exact location (if you don’t want to be found) on your profile before you broadcast.
Those things concern us but the rest of the Periscope experience is wonderfully amazing. Hats-off to Twitter and Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour for coming up with this exciting mobile app for real-time live video streaming.
While we are being introduced of Periscope here in the Philippines, the issue of connectivity will heavily rely on the the powerful Internet connections by the two giant telcos, Smart and Globe. Whoever can give and maintain reliable Internet speed will always emerge as the most sought-after provider in the country. Which telco will cash in to Periscope? That we’ll find out in the coming days.
Oh. before we forget. Periscope as announced, will be coming out ‘soon’ to Android.
Until then, enjoy periscoping!
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