Here at Duke, we’ve been experimenting with live-streaming video tools! Here’s a quick look at how we’re trying out Periscope and Facebook Live video features.
Periscope is a mobile-based live streaming application that is owned by Twitter. Videos last for up to 24 hours on the channel, but you can archive your own videos using a nifty tool named Katch. We’ve been using Periscope to cover everything from the recent Nobel Prize press conference, to an inside look at a Fuqua class to a 10-hour reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost. If you have a Twitter account personally or professionally, you can create your own Periscope account for live-stream coverage. Here is a recent blog post Sonja Foust wrote on the inexpensive equipment that helps to have for easy videos on social media.
Facebook Live is a video-streaming feature that is only open to verified Facebook Pages at this point. The expectation is that live video streaming will open up to all Facebook Pages at some point in the future. The large Duke Facebook Page (that is verified) has held one Facebook Live event — Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, speaking about STEM and minorities, in an event hosted by President Brodhead on our campus — and it was a big success with over 7,000 live viewers.
I look forward to sharing more as we continue to learn about these new and exciting tools!