I’m watching a building burn down with firefighters rushing to save people inside- as it’s happening.
The Periscope app launched by Twitter this morning is already showing its stripes. People have often turned to Twitter (and the Internet) for news in the past – this is nothing new – but Periscope has already shown in its few hours of availability how it could reshape breaking news on the Internet.
I was on Twitter, catching up on the day’s tech news, about to sign off for the afternoon. Then I saw a tweet with a picture of smoke billowing out of a building.
Seconds after a building exploded in New York City, a user had a Periscope stream up with the emergency response. I was captivated. Several other users followed, with a live look at the breaking news event within seconds. I’m watching this event from my college dorm room as if I were on the streets smelling the smoke, from multiple angles.
With Periscope, users are given a multiple angle perspective to a breaking news event, watching it unfold before a camera crew can even get to the scene. It’s breaking news for the instant, Internet age. Is the reporting as good as a news reporters? Probably not, but I’m seeing the event in seconds, not an hour later, as news crews scramble to produce a story.
Is this Periscope’s break out moment?
You can tune to Periscope streams or the New York Times for more details on the explosion. Pick your choice.
Source: App Store via Periscope