Why I Stopped Being on Periscope

Periscope Logo

For about three months I loved periscope. I was on the app watching scopes daily. I would cast my live videos once a week or so.

For those that don’t know, Periscope is a video app for live streaming. You can see through the camera (with audio) of people live around the world. It has been around since March of 2015 and has gained a lot of popularity in that time.

According to expandedramblings.com, Periscope currently has 10 million users.

With such a large number of users, there ends up being a large variety of scopes.

These include:

  • People getting drunk
  • Live concerts
  • Religious discussions
  • Politics
  • Yoga
  • almost anything you can think of

The scopes I normally like to watch are of people creating artwork. It is fun to see other people’s process and what tools they use. Sometimes I would watch them while sketching as a way of being inspired.

Watercolor on Paper

Periscope video of Amrit Singh (@MrASingh)

Great Things About Periscope

Starting an account is easy; you just log in with your Twitter account.

Other than the ease of use, the best thing about Periscope is how you find broadcasts. In a lot of live streaming video apps, it is impossible to find or have people find you on their app. While the Periscope App isn’t perfect, it allows a search by location and a list of some scopes to check out.

Again, there is a lot to be desired when it comes to searching for scopes, but most apps with live stream don’t have any form of a search function.

Why I am no Longer on Periscope

I stopped going on Periscope because it is a bit of a time suck. It is like Facebook where time can get used up in what feels productive but is just enjoyable.

If you are looking for a place to have fun or to try something new, check it out.

If you tend to get stuck into the newest thing (especially social media), then stay away.