What on earth is Periscope?

It's a way for us to talk!

When I first heard about Periscope, I thought "Oh no, not another fad" - and it might be.  But for however long it lasts, it's an exciting fad - or at least I think it is.

Here's my very first Periscope broadcast!

Have a look - it was a dull, rainy day and it's not perfect by any means - but it's a start!

Periscope logoPeriscope's distinctive logo.

Its tag line is :

"Explore the world through someone else's eyes"

It's like having your own TV station.  I broadcast from my phone or my tablet, you watch.  While you watch, you can comment, and I see those comments live on my screen, so I can talk back.

Why is that good?

The two men who designed it describe it like this :

"There is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around."

And that's exactly what I intend to do - show you round my chicken coop, my home, my village, the part of Italy where I live - and other places I visit.

My Periscope!

Want to go straight to my profile? Click the pic!

My Periscope link

I'm planning to "Scope" (every programme has its own language, and that's Periscope's!) at least twice a week.  Every Monday and every Friday I will broadcast from my chicken run.

What will I talk about?

I intend to introduce you to my chickens, talk about how I look after them, and answer any questions you have about caring for your own backyard flock.  You'll meet Luce, my Livestock Guardian Dog, whose job it is to guard the flock.

I'm also planning to "take" you to different parts of Italy - and other places in Europe - including my own tiny village, the mountains near where I live and the beautiful east Italian coast.

We'll visit other people's chickens, we'll see different coops; we'll go inside churches, monuments, Roman ruins - you name it, we'll see it!

But what I talk about depends partly on you.

How to ask me a particular question.

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Periscope is helpful for me because it will help me answer more of your questions.

I receive so many questions, every single day.  I do my best to reply to them all, but it takes time.  And I don't always have that time.

So, while I'm broadcasting, you can ask me brief questions - about chickens, Italy - whatever.  But they need to be kept fairly short, because it's hard for me to broadcast, watch the chickens and look at the screen at the same time.

Each week, I will answer questions which you ask at the bottom of this page.  I will choose those I think are the most interesting, or the most often asked.

So, start thinking about what you need to know!

How to join Periscope.

You can view my profile and watch recorded videos on a laptop or desktop computer, but to join me live you'll either need a Twitter account, or be prepared to give your telephone number.  Personally, my phone number is sacred - only friends and family have it.  But that's a matter for you.

  1. First, you need to download the app to your smart phone or tablet (it's available on both IOS and Android).
  2. Once you've done that, log in with your Twitter account if you have one, or sign in with your phone number.
  3. Now look for the magnifying glass at the top left of the screen, and enter a search for Cath Andrews.  My Periscope name is 'CathInItaly'.
  4. Once you've found me, you'll need to 'follow' me so that when I broadcast you'll be told.  Tap the icon to the right of my name which has a '+' sign.

And that's it!

This is what you will see if you join my Periscope.  You can also find me by clicking on this pic.

Cath Andrews' Periscope account

Tap me some hearts!

One of the nice things about Periscope is that you can show how much you like what you're seeing by tapping on your screen and making hearts (or at Hallowe'en, bats!).

It's like clapping when you're watching a show - which, in a way, you are.

So be kind - tap me some hearts!

What happens if you miss it?

All broadcasts are left on Periscope as recordings for 24 hours after they end.  So if you miss one, you have 24 hours to catch up.

After that, they're taken down by the company.  If there are some that people have particularly liked, I will record them and upload them onto my Facebook page.

Question and answer sessions I will put here, so people can take advantage of the discussion.

So, what are you waiting for?

I'm looking forward to seeing you during my broadcasts, and to hearing what you think of them - live!

Link to my Periscope profile.

Have a question for me?

Each week, I'll select two or three questions from here to answer when I broadcast on Periscope. Ask yours now!

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