Blab is so August!
Periscope was so July!
Periscope was so July! Wake up and smell the August! Welcome to Blab!
Streaming Video Co-existence
Kidding aside, Blab and Periscope both rock. It’s funny that so many peeps on Blab seem to say “and it’s so much better than Periscope!” To me these platforms have entirely different use cases:
- Blab – great for Interviews, Conversations, Group Discussions
- Periscope – great for Lifecasting, Travelogues, Tutorials
The conversations that are hard to have on Periscope are easy to have on Blab. But “Blabbers” seem to all fall into that old Google Hangouts on the couch in my office mode, whereas Periscopers go into the field with tremendous live power. When lifecaster @BreeOlson walks around her living room, even without ever leaving the house you still get a powerful sense of place, of being there. When @PikeyTime puts her phone in her purse and performs “Bad Extra”, walking across the beach talking to us as she does extra work for some Hollywood production, it’s a remarkable location-based experience. When Maggie Mulhern of @ModernSalon drags us from New York to London to California in just a handful of days we get to meet amazing stylists at fantastic locations and see their latest innovations. When @RoyYu2403 takes us through the streets of Hong Kong, or @DaveInOsaka takes us through Japan, it’s a powerful travel experience.
Periscope’s nearing half a year old. Blab is nearing 3 weeks. So it’s pretty reasonable that most of the Blabs I’ve seen so far are mostly about how does Blab work and what can I do with it. I imagine the depth of content will grow over time.
In My Classroom
Fall semester at Long Beach State starts 2 weeks from today and I’m planning to Periscope every class this term! We’ll see how that goes! 😀 I haven’t thought of an activity for Blab just yet, but there is “The Mina Show”. Students might be able to use Blab or Periscope for some interesting projects there.
The Android Store says that Periscope’s been downloaded 1 million times, and Meerkat 100 thousand times. Blab is currently only on iOS and Web. But Blab runs nicely in Chrome on my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, which is where the screencaps above are from.
What’s your favorite video streaming app this week?