Oh, The Places You’ll Go with Periscope

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

Founded just over a year ago by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein, Periscope was acquired in January 2015 by Twitter for a reported $100 million. It made its debue at SXSW in Austin in 2015. It is a very popular app, as noted by within the first 10 days it gained 10 million users.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Periscope is an app that allows you create and share live video broadcasts. You can also watch other users’ broadcasts and interact with them in real time by sending messages.

Periscope could be described as the super charged version of Twitter. The attraction of Twitter is the real time access to news, breaking events, trends, photos and videos from people around the world. Periscope is all that but you are watching the action as it happens and you can interact with those people and ask questions. And it works both ways, you are reaching an audience when you broadcast, you are giving your viewers the opportunity to talk to you and ask questions in real time, you are opening the doors to your organization. And, just think of all the places you can go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

Possibilities and Liabilities

Consider these possibilities/liabilities for emergency managers and homeland security:


· Engagement: Launching new programs, services and information to the community

· Situational Awareness: Real-time situational awareness from non-traditional stakeholders in disasters

· Panel Discussions: You don’t have to wait for a conference to host a panel of experts and foster a dialogue between them and your audience

· Touring disaster areas

· Teaching and learning in remote class rooms

· On-site visits — You might host a behind the scenes visit to your factory location or to a customer site to see your product or service in action.

· Press Conferences: Turns a Press Conference on its head…now can do Q & A anywhere.

· Public Input: A new avenue for “See Something, Say Something”

· “Personalizing” homeland security, meaning the community can establish relationships with homeland security leaders virtually

· Community: Helping the community understand more about emergency management and security

· Relationships: Build relationships

· Online focus group — Need some quick input on preparedness? Have an idea you want to bounce off citizens? Crowd-source a virtual focus group to share ideas and feedback.


· No Privacy: First responders and others working in homeland security need to adjust to the fact that everything that whatever is done or said could be broadcast at any time. However, recording of the video stream are only up for 24 hours and then they disappear. It’s a good reminder to never say or do anything that couldn’t be the headline of the morning paper.

Nefarious Intent: Locker room gyms and other venues where folks are in particular states of undress and people who are sex offenders could have a field day with Periscope.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

How to Use Periscope

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

New tools have come into community networks that make it easy for anyone to be a mobile broadcaster. Now anyone can “show” in real-time, not just “tell.” This changes the landscape for broadcasting, social media engagement, and situational awareness. On May 28, 2015, Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour took the stage at the Code conference in Southern California and announced that Periscope users have watched 380 years of content since it launched 8 weeks ago, averaging about 6.7 years of content per day. Beykpour said that 10 years of content is watched per day currently.

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.


Imagine using Periscope if you are blind to get information about your surroundings by people from all over the world as crowdsourced wayfinding!

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…

Fun while Waiting: People in public waiting places may be broadcast without their permission which could lead to some interesting conversations regarding privacy.

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Realtime Tourism: However, realtime tourism of some fantastic places could be a benefit to many who otherwise may never get to see. For example, the British Museum announced it will live stream a 30-minute broadcast on Periscope from its “Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art” exhibition. Whether you are touring a museum or hauling in that big fish from the lake, you can now share with the world in realtime.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

The Boom Bands

Live Concerts and Movies: A new avenue to hear music in realtime is a worry of those who make their living at music or other arts. This is a Ying and Yang dilemma, some may benefit, some may not. What do a former Beatle, a magician and an award-winning director have in common? They are all signed up to Twitter’s new Periscope app.

That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

The Whole Wide World is Watching

Seeking Celebrity: Just like any other social media, there are those who want to get noticed and build a following to become “famous.” Amanda Oleander is a Los Angeles-based artist who skyrocketed to become a top user right after the service launched, becoming Periscope’s “most-loved” user, based on the number of hearts she’s received. Her feed is mostly a mundane stream of the life of a 25-year-old going about her day in the city, but she’s personable enough that she’s got a huge following. New York magazine quickly declared her the first Periscope star last month.

Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
‘cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

A Great Balancing Act

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

Using Periscope will be a great balancing act for social media….when to use it and when not to use it…..the discussion will help change the culture of social media and its use in everyday life.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Excerpts from Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You Will Go!”

Angi English has a Master’s in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. She lives in Austin, Texas.