Kitty @Night Quilter was an early adopter of a new social media platform, Periscope, and she has been cultivating a quilting community through her #HonestCraftRoomies “Scope Hops”. The group has expanded enough that the 6 person (10 minutes per person for 1 hour) format has already expanded into two evenings of the week to accommodate more people. Join us on Tuesday and Thursday, starting at 9pm EST | 6pm PST. Tonight, I will be part of the second hop of the week where we are discussing our Favorite Quilt (tonight’s schedule and our Periscope handles are in the graphic below).
If you haven’t heard about Periscope, it is a live video feed app that allows live viewers the ability to message and interact with the person streaming the video and each other. Videos are saved within the Periscope app for 24 hours and can be replayed during that time frame. After 24 hours, the video turns into a pumpkin and expires. 😉 Kitty has graciously given me permission to share one of her saved videos that she uploaded to YouTube so that you can get a preview of what to expect. A note from Kitty:
Please note (and this is important!!), in the actual Periscope stream, little comments appear at the bottom of the screen, so when I suddenly look closely at the camera and seem to reply to someone, I’m actually replying to someone! I’m not crazy, I promise!
Above is an example of what the full screen experience within the Periscope app looks like. You can tap the screen once to leave a heart (which is similar to “liking” something on Facebook). Messages from people who join during the live stream appear overlaid on the video. When watching a reply, you can still view the messages but no longer contribute to the message stream. You can, however, still leave hearts to let the Periscoper know when something they say resonates with you during a replay.
So, why Periscope? I am going to be honest, my person to person quilting community is small. I don’t get face time with other quilters very often in my small town, and I am *so* excited to be able to see and hear some of my friends get to talk passionately about quilting for an hour or two a week. I am also really hopeful that it helps build my confidence a bit when I get to meet some of you fabulous people at places like QuiltCon. Last year was overwhelming for me, an introvert, when I found myself suddenly around so many people. I am hoping that by easing into the video conversations, striking up in person discussions will feel much less anxious for me.
So, if you are interested in checking out what Periscope is all about, I hope you join us tonight or any upcoming Tuesday or Thursday (we tend to share the lineup via Instagram a few hours before the hops start). If you are interested in becoming part of the #HonestCraftRoomies, please email Kitty [nightquilter at gmail dot com] for more information.
I know there are a lot of different social media platforms out there and not every platform is right for every person. I think of the #HonestCraftRoomies like mini podcasts, only with the awesome benefit of getting to see the person, and/or their quilts, too!
And as always, I hope the comments of this post help foster a conversation. Do you have any questions / comments / concerns / thoughts about Periscope?