This week I embraced Periscope, a new(er) phone application that allows users to live broadcast from wherever they are in the country. Cool, eh? Read more about Periscope.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I didn’t really think it was that cool at first. I didn’t really understood how the app worked, so I played around with the app a little. I randomly decided to view a person cruising in South Texas who was live broadcasting. He totally called me out when I joined the broadcast. Scared the pants off me. I didn’t know whether to leave the broadcast or completely remove the app. After deciding to stay in the broadcast, we communicated through text. I was totally freaked out.
When I finally got past the fact of being totally freaked out, I thought how cool of a tool this could be potentially: for news outlets and clients at work. My next thought: what about using Periscope on the farm? That’s right, taking people directly to the farm to show them what farmers really do.
Then today, I learned farmers are already taking advantage of Periscope. From the comforts of my own home, I visited a barn full of sheep and barn cats in Ohio: live. It was unreal to me that I could visit a complete stranger’s home immediately. It’s a different feeling than watching a YouTube video, Vimeo or Vine: the viewer is actually there.
I’m confident this will be a game-changer for the farm to table movement and food discussions. I’m excited to see how this app continues to evolve for agriculture.
What about you? Have you tried Periscope? I’d love to get your thoughts!