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Toronto’s Periscope Meetup

Toronto’s Periscope Meetup Is Here!

For those of you who are on Periscope and live in the Greater Toronto Area, this is your chance to come out and meet everybody else! I’m excited to announce that Saturday October 10, 2015 will be the Toronto Periscope Meetup day!

A meetup for Periscope users

A meetup for Periscope users

Read below for your two options in coming to Toronto’s First Periscope Meetup.

Meetup 1: #PeriLostInToronto

For those of you who want to have a little fun on the meetup day, Meetup 1 is for you!

As the title says, anybody participating in this meetup will be lost in Toronto. The goal of each scoper is to find another scoper with the help of their viewers. Viewers will be able to pop in and out of all of our scopes and guide us to other scopers.

As a scoper that is lost in Toronto, you are free to scope your surroundings and let people know where you are, and where you’re heading. You can’t go into another scoper’s scope to find out where they are. Well, you could, but that wouldn’t be fun now would it.

To participate in this meetup, here’s what you need to do:

  1. 11:00am, arrive anywhere within the boundaries. See the map below for the boundaries.
  2. Start your broadcast with #PeriLostInToronto somewhere in your title.
  3. Explain what you are doing to your fellow viewers so they know to help you out.
  4. Start walking and talking on the streets of Toronto and hope you’ll find someone!

Viewers can search for other participants on Twitter with the #PeriLostInToronto hashtag. Or, if they follow the participants, they will get the notifications in their feed.

I will create an ad with all of the participants usernames on them so we can tweet it out and share it on FB or wherever.

After everybody finds each other, we can walk for a bit and head on over to Meetup 2!

Peri Lost In Toronto

The boundaries of where we should be within for Meetup 1: South of Bloor, West of Yonge, North of Front, East of Spadina.

Please let me know in the comments below if you are interested in Meetup 1, as I will put your name on the ad to tweet out.

Meetup 2: Lunch

This meetup is for those of you who do not wish to participate in Meetup 1, but would still like to meet everybody.

I will reserve a table so we can have lunch, mingle with each other, and have a good time.

Here are the details for Meetup 2:

3 Brewers
275 Yonge St. (Just south of Yonge-Dundas Square)
12:45pm, reservation will be under “Periscope”

Google Map

I will need a headcount in order to reserve a table, so please comment below and let me know if you plan to have lunch with us.



A Toronto Periscope Meetup

A Toronto Periscope Meetup

Coloured messages

If you’re following me on Periscope, you would have seen this earlier today where I visited the Ontario’s Celebration Zone at harbourfront. It’s one of the main zones during the Pan Am Games and still is, even though the Pan Am Games has finished.

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/6.3, ISO 200, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/500 sec., f/6.3, ISO 200, 24mm

This great wall of tags is comprised of plastic tags with messages to the Pan American Games’ atheletes, written by fellow supporters. It’s a great way to support our local athletes, in addition to creating a colourful piece of artwork.

It also makes for a great photography backdrop, as you can see here. I love how there’s only one person here amongst the myriad of colours. It’s a fun place to photograph for sure no matter which angle you confront it from. A closeup angle will also produce some equally interesting results.

When you see unique things like this around you, don’t be shy and take lots of photos of it from different angles to get a feel for the subject matter. Typically if you include a person within the frame, it acts as a great reference to the subject, further adding interest to the photo.

Who I like to follow on Periscope

Periscope for Android devices just came out yesterday, so it’s only a matter of time that the app gets inundated with more broadcasters doing interesting (and not-so-interesting) things. This list was a long-time coming, and since I broadcasted it out yesterday, I’ve had some requests to put it online, so here it is! It’s changed considerably since my last followers post, which you can read here, so hopefully you’ll find more new people to follow here.

Who I follow on Periscope

Who I follow on Periscope

Keep in mind that these are people that I follow that broadcast on a regular basis. I did not include those that I follow that do not broadcast. Their usernames are written below, with their real names written in brackets if it’s hard to figure out.

To follow any one of these people, simply go to the Peoples tab (bottom right), then click on the magnifying glass (top left), and enter their usernames, and select the person that seems to be the most active amongst the list!

I may have inadvertently omitted users on this list, so feel free to comment below with your favourite Periscopers too!

@Smaku (that’s me—I Periscope photography tips and Toronto tours)

Information-Based Periscopers

@AlexPettitt

@CathyHackl

@Kayvon (Co-founder of Periscope)

@MarkShaw

@RobertCStern

@MarkKaye

@Sacca (Chris Sacca)

Happy People / Motivational Speakers

@1AlexKhan

@1Justice4All

@AlexaRoseCarlin

@Jaylives1 (Jay Howard)

Artists & Entertainers

@Alicyn (Voice over actress/singer)

@LovelyPrevin (Musician)

@AmandaOleander (Painter/illustrator)

@JasonStolken (Comedian)

@JonErlichman

@PeriscopePuppet

@Rajacenna (Illustrator)

@Skorstar

@TiffWidjaja (Musician)

@TomGreenLive

@Yonatanmonster (Musicians)

Photographers

@500px

@AmoreVitaPhotos (Julia Beckmann)

@AshleyGoodwin

@ChaseJarvis

@ColeRise

@CoffeeGatherings (Razlyn)

@DanRubin

@FireTheCanon (Amanda Stevens)

@FrameableFaces

@FStoppers

@HollyParkerrr

@JasmineStar

@JeremyCowart

@JoeMcNallyPhoto

@Joeyldotcom

@KatelynJames

@KelbyOne

@MDickensPhoto (Meredith)

@ScottKelby

@TreyRatcliff

@ZachandJody

City Tours

@BaseGiulioBase

@ChantalTV

@ClaireWad

@Euromaestro

@Kanji_k

@PenguinSix

@TigerwonNYC

Happy People

@AskTere (Teresa)

@BradmanTV

@Cmdr_Hadfield (Chris Hadfield)

@DavidJBushell

@FoodPr0n (Jen Chan)

@HelloColie (Ashley Nicole)

@IamDaniBeck

@JennValentyne

@KevinFrankish

@LisaAppleton76

@ReneRedzepiNoma

@Rssuen (Renée)

@ScopeForGood (doing some good deeds with Periscopes)

Harbourfront walk

I took a morning stroll today by the harbourfront, giving my Periscope viewers a small glimpse of Toronto. While I didn’t have a chance to take any pictures from the stroll, I leave you with these photos that I had taken and posted a while ago. These are taken from all the places that I walked to this morning, but were taken during the summer sunset hours.

You can see the Periscope broadcast until Saturday morning by downloading the Periscope app on your iOS device. If you missed it, here are some photos that I took in the past, that give you a good idea of what Toronto’s harbourfront is all about.

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The boardwalk

The multi-level boardwalk is a great playground for kids of all ages. No skateboarding or bikes allowed on the elevated areas as they are blocked off by the railing.

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The WestJet stage

This stage houses many concerts, film screenings, and other events during the busy summer weekends.

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The harbourfront marina

While empty during the winter months, the marina is packed with all the boats waiting to get out there on the weekends.

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The pedestrian bridge

The bridge connects Harbourfront Square to the other side, where Amsterdam Brewery is located.

Yellow Umbrella

I didn’t have a photo of the entire H20 Beach, which is where I went, so I will end off with a photo of the $11, 565 umbrellas that were scattered all over the beach. Yes, that’s how much each of these umbrellas cost!

5 Ways Instagram has taught me to be a better Periscope user

For those of you who have been following me, you may know that I have always been on Instagram from its early stages in life. I’m active on the app and enjoy the thriving community of like-minded individuals. It’s not only a great place to look at pretty pictures, but is also a great place to find inspiration and chat with other photographers.

Instagram Account @smaku

Instagram Account @smaku

Ever since Periscope came along on March 26, 2015, it has changed how much time I put into Instagram—and that’s saying a lot coming from a photographer! Although it took me an entire month to start broadcasting myself, I now enjoy a healthy list of loyal followers and new ones that pop in and out to see what I’m up to.

Periscope Account @smaku

Periscope Account @smaku

This blog post details some important points that I have used over on Instagram, to better myself as a user on Periscope. Keep in mind though, that these points are in no way limited to just these two outlets. If you incorporate these points to other social media outlets like Twitter or Pinterest, you will more than likely be able to enjoy the experience there more as well. For this post, however, I will compare these points as it relates to Instagram and Periscope.

Social media is based around a sense of global community amongst its users. If you play well within these communities, your experience will be that much more rewarding.

  1. Be consistent (with your content and across outlets)

    • Instagram: Posting a consistent type of photo plays to your advantage because people will know what your feed is all about. They will come back to your feed because they like what they see, and expect to see similar things in the future. If your photos are all over the place in terms of style and content (much like how mine was in my earlier years), it makes it harder for people to get to know you, and hence follow you.
    • Periscope: Similarly, people like to come back to your broadcasts because they enjoy and expect the same type of content from you. Why do we like Claire Waddington‘s (@clairewad) broadcasts? Because we enjoy her walking tours of Paris. Why do we like Mark Shaw (@markshaw)? Because we know every time he broadcasts, he will give us his straight-to-the-point, no fuss tips on how to better use Periscope and Twitter.
    • To even further your online brand, be consistent from one social media platform to the next, in terms of what you upload. All of these social media outlets build up to be your online image, so it is important that you get the right message across all mediums.
  2. Engage with followers

    • Instagram: Go on other people’s feeds, like their photos and comment on their photos to let them know you like what you see. Start conversations to build relationships with other users. This sense of community will make you feel more involved within the app itself and make for a more meaningful experience.
    • Periscope: Go on other people’s broadcasts and comment on what they are broadcasting about. Don’t just say “hello!” but bring in meaningful comments that add value to the broadcaster and other viewers. Broadcasters are waiting to “converse” with their viewers so take advantage of this. This will build better relationships with your followers and it will be much more meaningful for you as a broadcaster.
  3. Acknowledge people’s efforts

    • Instagram: Like other people’s photos to let them know you appreciate what they’re uploading. Going along with Point 2, when you engage with the uploader and like their photos, they may be more inclined to visit your stream and like yours too. This is all part of building relationships with your followers.
    • Periscope: Give the broadcaster hearts to let them know that you appreciate what they are broadcasting about. This is a great motivator for the broadcaster to continue doing what they are doing on their account. Sharing the broadcast is the one thing unique with Periscope, and is a great way to support the broadcaster by increasing their exposure to others who do not follow them.
  4. Upload on a consistent basis

    • Instagram: Upload on a regular basis so your followers don’t forget about you and your style of photography. This way, whenever they see your style, they will recognize it is from you. You’ll be more recognizable this way.
    • Periscope: Broadcasting on a regular basis allows you to have more exposure with your followers, keeping you at the top of their minds. Broadcasts on Periscope are only available for 24 hours after you save it. If you have nothing in your Recent tab in your account, non-followers who are curious about you will not have a chance to find out what you are all about. By broadcasting on a consistent basis, you’ll always have something in your Recent list, allowing that to market you while you’re offline from the app.
  5. Use hashtags

    • Instagram: Hashtags allow your photo to be seen by your non-followers by performing searches. This is a great way to gain more exposure with minimal amount of work.
    • Periscope: Use hashtags in your titles so your periscopes can be searchable on Twitter, and can be viewed by web-viewers. The key here is to attract as many web-viewers as possible. Why? Chances are, they are viewing this on the web because they don’t have the app on their mobile device. As soon as Periscope for Android comes out, who do you think these Android users will follow? They’ll no doubt search for people who they’ve been watching on the web!

There are no doubt other important lessons to be learned from Instagram and other social media platforms, but these are what I felt were the most transferable, and important for those that seek to get the best experience out of the apps.

If you have more suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the comments below!