Facebook Live: Clear as day

Facebook has always made it easy for you to tell whether a live video is truly live or after the fact or scheduled to broadcast. Just look at the words next to the person’s name.

  • “is live” means the person’s live right now
  • “was live” is self-explanatory, e.g. you weren’t in time to catch it live
  • “plans to go live” means the person has a show on tap. Look for the convenient reminder button and click it so you don’t miss it

Remember to visit the #LivestreamedLivelihoods column at Small Business Trends

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This is the beginning of the end for Twitter’s Periscope brand



Prediction: This is the beginning of the end for Twitter’s Periscope brand. For a company struggling to be profitable, it makes financial sense to guillotine (or downsize) redundant business units. See Geoff Golberg’s advice below. It’s sound advice; and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Getting fluent communications with Twitter is next to impossible, and a lack of clarity is the norm when you’re trying to understand them or reach out to them. Sadly, I expect that to remain the same.

The prudent thing for Periscope users to do is to ask (on a regular basis) that their followers also follow them on Twitter just in case the courtesy migration doesn’t happen. If you look at Geoff’s tweet above, he’s essentially betting the courtesy migration won’t happen. I’ve seen a screenshot from Twitter Support (via someone else) that gives credence to the guess that Twitter and Periscope won’t go through with a courtesy migration to sync up followings. The screenshot holds more water in my opinion versus Periscope users who simply “feel” that Twitter will provide a courtesy migration. Hey, that could happen, but I don’t think so. Of course, if Twitter keeps Periscope as a separate app forever, then this isn’t an issue, but let’s be real. Do you really feel Twitter is going to keep Periscope as is? Comment below. Vine wasn’t kept as is – it’s now Vine Camera.

Action step if you love Periscope: When making the ask of your Periscope followers, ask not JUST for the Twitter follow, but also ask the person to turn on livestream notifications MANUALLY within Twitter. That’s really the only way to be safe. It’s a 2-pronged ask, and it’s a pain in the ass, but hey.

Sadly, this ALL COULD’VE BEEN AVOIDED had Twitter not kept Periscope as a separate app for what seemed like an eternity. At the very least, on day one (March 24, 2015) followings SHOULD’VE BEEN sync’d up. #Eyeroll #OhWell

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Hey NYC, Snap Spectacles are available today til New Year’s Eve


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Early morning on day one: Wasn’t so bad before 7:30 AM: Periscope.tv/GeoffGolberg/1YqKDjEzYWaJV

Address to buy: 5 East 59th Street around the corner from the Sherry-Netherland hotel

When: Starting today (Nov. 21, 2016) until Dec. 31, 2016.

Earliest time you’re allowed to buy: See below

:::IMPORTANT::: Spectacles are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.3 and higher with BLE and Wi-Fi direct capabilities only. If you have an iPhone, it must be an iPhone 5 or better running iOS 8 or better.

Snap Inc Spectacles pop up store

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Did you see Mark Zuckerberg’s “Grill Talk” just now on Facebook Live?

October 9, 2016

You can bet your brisket there’s a very happy barbecue sauce company in Kansas City right now. They received a verbal, organic, fortunate shoutout from the Zuckerberg crew during Mark’s most recent video on Facebook Live (again, an organic shoutout. Not a product placement, says my gut instinct. Who can really afford that kind of hypothetical sky-high fee anyway? A huge firm like Mondelēz perhaps, but I digress)

Funny thing is, I don’t remember the name of the sauce. If I really wanted to know, I’d need to watch Mark’s replay, or perhaps wait for it to be mentioned (again, organically) on his next “Grill Talk”, which probably should’ve been named “Chill And Grill”. There wasn’t a ton of grilling discussion, and that wasn’t the point anyway, just Mark saying “Hi Cambodia, hi Shanghai” etc. and showing his child, wife, friends and Hungarian sheepdog named “Beast”.

So back to the sauce and how I don’t remember the name, well, that’s how it should be. Organic word of mouth. If, over time, a product gains traction and mass appeal, then it’s destiny, I guess. Overall it really was nice to just observe Mark in his yard with close friends and family on a weekend. Better than watching Trump vs. Clinton, although that’s what he said the barbecue was for, to eat barbecue and watch the debates. Oh, I get it now. Grill, debate, haha. Cute wordplay.

Are you using Facebook Live yet? If not, why not?

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What is Busker?

Oct. 2, 2016

The dictionary definition of “busker” is: a person who entertains in a public place for donations. However, on the Busker app (for both iOS and Android), you’ll find not only musicians, but content creators who focus on travel, helpful info, comedy, etc. And yes, you can give and receive real $1 tips on it.

Read why animal trainer Kyle Kittleson likes Busker:  sbt.me/6pa


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