Oh the places you’ll go
We launched Periscope a week ago and have been overwhelmed (in the best possible way) by the outpouring of excitement for the product. We built Periscope to let people discover the world through someone else’s eyes and in just a matter of days have taken us all around the globe — to nearly every country in the world.
Christopher Miller gave us a glimpse into Ukraine.
Aaron Paul took us to his living room to listen to an acoustic performance by Jack Garratt.
Jimmy Fallon brought us to the set of The Tonight Show to watch his monologue rehearsal.
Benjamin Millepied took us backstage at the Paris Ballet to watch Swan Lake and inside ballet class at the Paris Opera.
And many, many more of you have given us a fascinating glimpse into all sorts of experiences and events, from a car chase in Los Angeles to a church service in Tennesse to a conversation about Bitcoin.
And, of course, many of you have shown us your fridge. What?!
You have also sent us a ton of feedback and we’re listening! We just shipped an update to the app (download here) with a handful of changes and more to come:
- “Woah with the notifications!” We hear you, it can get noisy. We switched the default setting off for follower notifications and know we need to make the overall controls here more granular. We’re on it.
- “It’s hard to sift through the live feeds.” Totally, we agree. As of our latest iOS 1.0.1 update, live broadcasts from people you follow will always be at the top. We’re also introducing a ‘Featured’ section to highlight unique content.
- “The location sharing is too revealing.” You don’t have to share your location publicly and can turn this feature off anytime before broadcasting. But, when you do choose to show your location, we’ve changed the map display so it’s further zoomed out and less precise (in the latest 1.0.1 version).
- “My broadcasts aren’t being tweeted” Try this.
- “When is Android coming?” Soon! We’re working on it.
Suffice to say, you’ve kept us up all night with your creativity. And, kept us up all night trying to keep our servers running! Thank you all for bringing Periscope to life.