When my wife and I got married a couple of summers ago, though many family members were able to get to Montreal for the wedding, several were unable to attend. We looked into the possibility of providing a live online stream of the event so those in far-off places could watch if not be present. We opted for an app called Periscope which ties in with Twitter and is free.
The results were very pleasing as several family members tuned in to watch the service. And a video record exists on my Periscope account.
Recently out of curiosity I have taken to surfing the Periscope feeds from around the world. This is made easy with a handy map on which are indicated live and recently live ‘scopes’ as the term goes. The totally unscientific findings of my armchair sociologists’ study show that many people use Periscope for religious services, especially in the southern USA, especially on Sunday morning; some scopes are from bars or pubs and feature whatever band is playing; while others are just plain folks chatting.
But perhaps the most interesting finding is the disproportionate number of scopes of women who are putting on makeup, smoking some sort of recreational substance, or both. How do they keep that eyeliner straight? Another category of scope is the porn webcam promo. This entails women (I’m sure there are men as well) giving out details of how viewers can see their nude webcam on another app, or buy nudes from a website. The possibility of a little T&A as an incentive to go to the porn site draws large numbers of scope viewers.
The concept of live streaming from almost anywhere is a fine example of how the Internet makes the world a small place. Yet for the life of me I cannot think of why, other than a special event, anyone would want to watch my day-to-day life. Perhaps I’ll have to start applying makeup …