Not every new thing is worth following. For example, we’ve been reading for weeks about Periscope, a hot new app for watching live video from anyone who cares to post it. As you might guess, the village videot strikes, and strikes again.
The best post we saw was a close-up of someone practicing the piano (with lots of mistakes) and an inaudible routine at a New York City comedy club. (Hey, those were the highlights.) The other stuff was along the order of: “I’m brushing my teeth now.”
Periscope is owned by Twitter, and they had much better stuff initially, but unfortunately it was illegal. Users started posting TV broadcasts like “Game of Thrones.” The company took down 66 illegal shows, including the Mayweather-Pacquiao championship boxing match that people paid thousands of dollars to see in person. (Top price we came across was $350,000 for a ringside seat.)
If you want to try it for yourself, go to Periscope.TV, and click on the link for iPhone/iPad or Android. Alternatively, iPad users may be in the habit of tapping on the App store icon on their tablets. But when we tried that on our iPad Mini, the only Periscope listed was the $3 version, not the free one. We’ve often noticed that a popular app isn’t always at the app store. But magically, when you Google its name, it’s suddenly there. Who knows?