Where are you going, Periscope?

16 Sep

socialmediaYes, Periscope, I really like you.

I’ve only known you for two months, but I like you.

You’ve helped me connect – if only for a few moments – with people from all over the world.  New Zealand, Australia, Brooklyn, and Cleveland.

You’re free, easy to use, and helpful for “real-time” interactions, thoughts, conversations, and experiments.

You’ve helped me learn, all over again, the value of listening to others before speaking.

You’ve helped me practice and test out ideas, sermons, questions, and approaches to ministry.  You’ve allowed me a forum to speak a language that I think I’ll always love – the language of sports.  You’ve helped me capture moments that may seem routine and boring and learn to celebrate the personalities and interactions of others.

But you’ve also made me concerned.  Perhaps the power to make every person a broadcasting network isn’t always a good thing.  Perhaps the instant access to great conversation is also a venue to destructive personalities as well.  Perhaps the freedom to broadcast our lives would only serve to feed our addictions to attention, approval, celebrity, and control.

I don’t know where you’re going, Periscope, but you’ve got my attention.

Less than six months on the market, and you’ve got 14 million users.  You’re just getting started, and the “early adopters” are getting in line, but what’s next?

Where is this train going?


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    November 15, 2015 at 11:32 pm

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