Anyone following me on Twitter has probably come to the conclusion that I am completely addicted to Periscope. The description on ITunes doesn't quite do justice to the app.
Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.My favourite scope at the moment belongs to LA comedian (Last Comedian Standing) Esther Povitsky (@littleesther) - you can watch some scope re-runs here.
But why is this on my atheism blog? It's because a lot of Christian pastors are really jumping on the bandwagon. Lifeway, a sort of resource for pastors, has a primer on scoping for pastors.
Could you imagine the Apostle Paul, remaining unconvinced that new routes of commerce and cultural communication were not worth the effort in spreading the gospel of Christ?The guide recommends pastors share some God time with viewers - which is actually less interesting than watching Esther's dirty laundry pile - which is surprisingly compelling and Zen-like.
This Pastor’s Primer for Periscope is designed to educate and inspire the everyday leader, even those only marginally involved in social media, to the possibilities of Periscope for you and your team.
Since Periscope clears away old videos older than 24 hours, here are some pastor scopes saved on church sites or Youtube.
Ron Carpenter: Pastor on Periscope Moments
Jerry Laudermilk: Morning Drive With Pastor/Periscope
Pastors do appear to be flooding into the medium - which is only 4 months old - but they are not the only ones. Street Epistemologist Anthony Magnabosco has started live scoping his excellent street epistemology conversations while taping his Youtube videos.
It will be interesting to see where this technology will lead. Twitter bought the company which created Periscope for $100 million, so they must believe there's something to this.
I think it could have a similar impact to Twitter. The ease with which you can share yourself or surroundings online is truly stunning.