The app is fairly intuitive but a few things have been making people crazy, so here goes.
Start by downloading Periscope from the iTunes store (No Android yet!)
Sign in with your Twitter acct (preferred) or your mobile phone number
Create your username. You are not required to use your Twitter handle but if you have a following there it’s a good idea. It just makes it easy for people to find you. Mine’s @jfouts. At the moment your username is permanent. Choose wisely.
periscopeOnce logged in you see a magnifying glass in the upper left corner of the screen. This allows you to search people by user name and if the user name includes a keyword you’ll find them too.
On the right is your profile icon. Click it.
Tap the text on your bio to edit it. Sorry, no HTML allowed yet.
Tap your avatar to change that image.
Down the page you’ll also see your following, followers, blocked and past broadcasts.
Click settings to choose to be notified when you get a new follower and if you want to auto save your broadcasts to your camera roll. I recommend yes as Periscope doesn’t seem to always save broadcasts.
Below settings is the “Share Periscope” button which allows you to share a link to your channel on other networks. Do this when you are ready for more followers!
There is also a link to the Help center. Browse that to get up to speed quickly and make your first broadcast as smooth as possible.
In the bottom right corner is an icon of people. Who you follow is what makes this platform interesting so go browse a bit and find a few people you really want to see. You followed them on Twitter so they are probably a good choice right?
To the left of that is a square with a bubble in it. This launches the broadcasting icon. See below.
The icon of the globe shows all of the current live broadcasts around the world. Some of these are just people messing around, but you may find some gems so do check it out.
A lot has changed with Periscope since my last post on streaming video apps. In fact, they just announced some big changes at the six week mark on their Medium blog.
You don’t have to use Twitter to join Periscope. I still recommend it if you have a Twitter acct as Periscope can leverage the social graph to spread the word about your video stream, but if you don’t have a Twitter account you can simply sign up with just a mobile phone number.
Tap your avatar on Periscope to change your profile photo.
Reply to comments in your broadcast directly by tapping the comment and then hitting reply. Replies will include the person’s @handle.
Blocking a follower is now posted in the chat too, so people can see who the troublemakers are!
Your follower list is now sorted by date instead of alphabetically. I’m not sure that one is an improvement.
Your broadcasts page shows you all of your past broadcasts