As I write this, screenwriter David H. Steinberg (Slackers, American Pie 2) is broadcasting from his own smartphone, answering questions from followers via the app Periscope.
While AMA (ask me anything) sessions are very popular on Reddit for users when someone interesting pops on to answer questions about their career, life or any other topic, it’s limited in that it’s all done via a keyboard. With Periscope, all Steinberg had to do was bring up the app, connected through his twitter, and start broadcasting video and take questions via text on the app from his followers. A tweet went out and notified his fans that he was on and ready to talk screenwriting and the movie business or anything that comes up.
— David H. Steinberg (@DavidHSteinberg) May 21, 2015
What is Periscope, from their site:
Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.
Not only is this technology great for connecting fans and to their admirations, it allows people from all over the world to broadcast (baring any tyrannical internet restrictions) anything to anyone else who’s connected. The ramifications are truly amazing. From a simple broadcast of a bar in Prague or a hot air balloon ride to urban police activity or unrest in a country crying out for liberty. Tyrants will be on notice. They will fall or they will clamp down harder than before. But this time, the whole world will be watching.