I've been having conversations with fellow bloggers about what could be 'the next big thing' for some time, speculating that what we'd be obsessed with in six months time simply hadn't been invented yet. We didn't know what this would be (a new format, a new social media platform, a new app or simply a new way of having conversations,) but it's become apparent in the last week that it's undoubtedly Periscope. If you don't know anything about this soon-to-be-revolution, then essentially it's a Twitter-owned app that allows you to live broadcast what you're up to while having real-time conversations with followers. They can tap on the screen to show their love and give you 'hearts' (not unlike a Twitter favourite or Facebook like,) or simply type in a comment or question that you can respond to verbally. It's an incredible way to not only broadcast and provide added insight, but to have real-time conversations with readers that's simply been unobtainable before now.

The founders of Periscope described their journey as such: "Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around." Although YouTube and Vine have provided a visual way to communicate, the lack of real-time interaction always left the networks feeling a bit forced to me. However, Periscope has opened my eyes to a whole new way of communicating with readers and fellow bloggers - suffice to say I'm addicted.

From taking you behind the scenes on a shoot, to de-briefing following a talk and simply providing a preview of products that have landed on my desk, the last few days have reignited my love for social media. I've loved being a little self-indulgent, but I've also loved having a direct line to some of you guys - answering questions, providing advice or simply being able to show you what life is like behind the glossy and posed photographs. Periscope is currently a clean state for all of us, having only launched a few weeks ago, meaning it's a free-for-all and totally up-for-grabs; although I'm finding Instagram hard to grow after being somewhat late to the party, it's fun to start on an absolutely level playing field as celebrities and superstar bloggers.

As it's owned and linked with Twitter it's really easy to find the people you already follow, as well as it automatically posting a link to let your Twitter followers know you're broadcasting. It takes a little getting used to, but when you get the hang of it it's super easy and so much fun. Over sixty people watched me feed my fish this morning - that's how addictive it is. I would thoroughly recommend downloading the app and getting to grips with this new platform (and following me, of course!) as it provides a backstage pass into the lives of your favourite people on Twitter; although it's only currently available on iPhone, the android app is following shortly behind meaning it's undoubtedly going to be the next big thing to hit the world of social media.

Get involved, get addicted.

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  1. I've seen this talked about but didn't look into it but I like the sound of it from this post. Unfortunately I can't download it. Just tried to, but I must have done something to my Itunes because it won't open!
    It's a very good idea though. Amy

    Amy at Amy & More

    1. It shouldn't have anything to do with your itunes - maybe just try turning your phone off and on? If you've downloaded it ok you should be fine to use!

  2. Really need to check this out and see it for myself. I've never had the confidence to go solo on YouTube so I wonder how I'd cope with Periscope! If people want to watch me pop toast and lather it in Nutella though who am I to deny them such viewing pleasure?

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  3. How many conversations have we had wondering what's next!! I love the level playing field aspect of Periscope and the realness of it all.. but I wonder if it's just a matter of time before it's populated by the 'popular' all over again. Also, I think there's going to be huge privacy issues - be careful of Persicoping in public places etc/kids/elderly/vulnerable people..

    I can't wait to see where it's going to go though!

    1. Our dreams came true! ; ) I have seen that some of the mega blogging stars have joined and inevitably have a tonne of followers already, but I think it's about how you use it - if they're already vlogging maybe this doesn't add any benefit to their readers? Who knows. And re: privacy, I guess it's the same as YouTube - there's no restriction on filming in public as far as I know, just being ethical. Be very interesting to see how this develops in the coming months...!

  4. I'm also sure that Periscope is the new big thing but sadly, I can't download it because I don't own an Iphone...
    And actually, it pisses me off a little! Why do you always need to have an Iphone to be able to use cool aps? It's so stupid to refuse the access to those things to a large part of people! Not cool, Twitter, not cool...

    1. It's a logistical and business issue. It costs the same amount to develop for android as it does to create a whole new app pretty much, meaning they opt to corner the biggest proportion of the market (iphone users) to test before rolling out.

    2. Oh, I know you're right but it still sucks ah ah ah

  5. I like it & have enjoyed watching some great vids on there (inc several of yours!), though not been brave enough to record my own yet! The only thing that puts me off is the need to watch live to make the experience worthwhile. I find it intrusive & distracting, yet the same live element is its biggest selling point. It's a funny one!

  6. I've been really loving watching you on Periscope and it's even better when you can catch it live! I'm yet to do my first broadcast yet as I'm really nervous!

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog


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