The new Periscope app by Twitter is only two weeks old but already it feels like it’s as old as Twitter itself.
Many radio presenters, producers and personalities have been quick to adapt to the new service, offering an additional channel to keep in touch with friends and listeners.
But whilst the new live broadcasting app has the potential to really engage with listeners and offer unique must see content, so far all we’re seeing is the insides of fridges, buses, pubs and cars. Some of the best uses of Periscope we’ve seen so far are from broadcasters Kay Burley, Rory Cellan-Jones and Stephanie Hirst – they’re coming up with new ways to interact with the app and its audience.
Of course if you don’t have an iPhone you won’t have a clue what we’re talking about, but hopefully Periscope will appear on other operating systems soon.
Tony Blackburn, arguably the hardest working pensioner in British radio, is ‘broadcasting’ almost daily via the app direct to iPhone users, with tours of BBC radio stations and invites for requests:
Another former BBC Radio 1 breakfast presenter Chris Moyles is also on Periscope. He’s carrying on where he left off via similar app Twitcasting Live, which has been available for a number of years but never managed to catch the imagination of Twitter users in the same way.
Here he is with television announcer and radio presenter Gavin Inskip after a night out in Leeds over the weekend:
Here’s an XFM presenter taking it easy during songs (mentioning no names!)
And these presenters are entertaining followers on a regular basis: