Beginner's Guide to Using Periscope - Heather Santo

Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

By Heather Santo | Periscope


You don't have to try and figure out this social media thing all on your own. I'll light the way!

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Beginner's Guide to Periscope

Have you heard of Periscope? It is only been around about 10 weeks at the time of this posting and and about 3 weeks available on Android. Have you ever wished that you could connect with your audience live and that they could respond to you? Something more spontaneous than You Tube which would encourage them to follow and join you whenever you went live? If so, allow me to introduce you to Periscope!

Beginner’s Guide to Using Periscope

Periscope is very simple and easy to use and can be connected directly from your Twitter account. You do not need a Twitter account to use Periscope, but having Twitter in your social media arsenal never hurts! Once you have connected, you can see suggested people to follow. Lots of people — including me — have been posting their new Periscope accounts so people can follow.  The settings are different on the iphone and on the Android, but the premise is generally the same.

You can go into the settings and select what sort of notifications that you would like. The notification sound is a cute little whistle. Be selective in whom you follow because each time they go live, you will get the whistle. If you have on for Periscope to let you know when people you may like go live for the first time, you will get the whistle. When a friend suggests you watch a Periscope, you will get a whistle. You get the idea. Go through your settings and only follow people who you are truly interested in watching. If not, your phone will go crazy all day long.

If you wish to edit your bio to say something different other than what you have connected to Twitter just bring up your profile to edit.

When you get a notification of a Periscope you would like to watch or find one manually and enter, you will see at the bottom of your screen that you can chat with the presenter. Pretty cool, huh? As of now, only the first 100 people onto the broadcast are able to chat — in some instances that have not yet been discovered this limit has been a little higher — but any number can watch. In the lower right hand corner you can see how many viewers are on the presentation with you.

The fun of Periscope are the hearts! When you are able to chat, Periscope assigns you a color which will become a filter on your bio picture when you chat. If you tap the right hand side of your screen, you will see a little heart appear. You cannot choose what color you get and it changes each time you get onto a broadcast.

Unlike simply hitting “like” or a single heart tap on Instagram, you can go NUTS! If you are enjoying the presentation keeping tapping the right hand side of the screen and hearts will appear. You can give 500 hearts at a time. If you wish to give more, you must exit the broadcast and then return to give 500 more. You can click over 500 hearts without leaving the broadcast BUT only 500 of them will count toward the presenter’s total heart count. Those hearts are “showing the love” and the total number that a person has appears under their name on their profile. What is really fun is when there is a rainbow of hearts going. Don’t be afraid to ask people to give you hearts when you are presenting. If you give the love, you will get it back in return. Love the law of reciprocity, don’t you?

I’ve been loving Periscope and have been on usually every day. In the least once, but I have gone on twice in the same day. Unlike other presentations, you don’t have to have a set time, but you can set up a regularly scheduled scope. You can go on whenever you want as much or as little as you want. Just like any other social media platform, consistency is key. You also don’t want to go on 10 times in a day either or you could irritate your viewers.

In the very least, download the app and just watch for a while. Get the feel and then get ready to do your own presentation. I’d love to see you! I hope that you will come and follow me on Periscope! You can find me by my name which is also my handle. Come and join the fun! I can’t wait to chat with you!

What’s your Periscope handle so we can connect?



Head Shot Cropped VAHeather Santo is a certified Virtual Administrative Consultant with over 15 years of customer service experience. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting. She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently. She specializes in Aweber, Pinterest, WordPress Thesis, Gratitude Concierge Work and social media content graphic creation.

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