I’m sitting in the 11pm candlelight service at my church for Christmas Eve. Everything is wonderful. The alter is beautifully decorated with two large Christmas trees, their soft golden glow reminding me that this was Christ’s night. Pastor starts reading the Christmas story in Luke chapter 2 and a hush falls among the few of us sitting in the pews. Everything feels right. Everything feels warm and reverent when my phone goes off as loud as possible. Trinity is a small-ish sanctuary and the familiar whistle of a tweeting bird echos around our area loud enough for the others to get distracted from the message. All I can do is panic and hastily grab my phone to hush the whistling and think to myself “Way to keep it classy Miessler!”
I had just gotten a notification from my Periscope account that one of my favorite comedians was “live.” He was sharing what he was seeing at that moment, I think his kids were getting ready for Santa. These notifications go off pretty regularly for me, usually for the various comedians and writers that I follow, and I love it. Periscope offers a different way to interact with social media, a way that allows you to see the world through someone else’s eyes.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but a video can take you someplace and show you around. -Periscope
Periscope was started just over a year ago by a small team looking connect the world through video. How Periscope works is pretty simple. Like any other social media site you create an account and start following or “friending” in Facebook-talk, the people you are interested in. Instead of tweets or status updates you would simple hit a small camera-like icon on your screen display and start shooting video. The people that are following get a notification that you have just gone live and can then choose to view your live streaming video feed. You can monitor the number of people viewing your stream and they can interact with you via comments and “likes.” It really is as simple as that! There are ways to link your Periscope account to your Twitter account to connect your audiences together from both outlets too.
No doubt Periscope is a cool new medium! It’s mobile-based so that it works perfectly with both Android (most anything that isn’t an iPhone) and iOS (iphone) operating systems which means that it was made to go wherever you go. Schools can use Periscope as a way of sharing school-day events with their parents in real-time. Grandparents can now watch their grandchildren sing their favorite songs during the spring recital or play. This is a great way to share your church services, service projects, and Bible studies with your followers. This application has the potential to really bring people together centered around Christ.
How would YOU use Periscope for ministry or personal use?
Meet Mike Miessler:
Mike is a millennial that lives in a magical place called Orlando. After spending his early 20’s traveling the US and playing with race cars for a living he moved back to Florida to be closer to his core group of friends and family. He got involved with youth ministry at his local church and a new passion for youth ministry and outreach was realized. He now spends his time using what he learned as an IT major to bring churches and communities closer with the use of technology. Mike is a car geek, foodie, and Netflix addict.