Periscope is truly a worldwide phenomenon. Saturday, thousands of viewers and broadcasters celebrated Scope Day, taking people around the world through Twitter’s live-streaming app.
The event kicked off at 5:15 a.m. PT, and Periscope broadcasters streamed from a plethora of places all over the world, including the Egyptian pyramids, Niagara Falls, Tianenmen Square, Burj Khalifa, Walt Disney World, the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben and the Sydney Opera House, among several other locales.
Scope Day also featured 12 bands from around the world, performing covers of Taylor Swift songs.
According to Scope Day founder Mike Lin, the event had more than 51,000 viewers, more than 15,000 comments, nearly 1 million live hearts and almost 150,000 replay hearts. Lin also said that broadcasters gained anywhere from 400 to 5,000 new followers.
Here’s a snapshot from @Cheryl66stl‘s broadcast atop the St. Louis Gateway Arch:
One prominent Periscoper, Lizza Monet Morales, took her 13,000-plus followers (known as Lovebug Nation) to the Caribbean island of Anguilla. It was quite a journey just to get connected to wifi, as she had to rely on a local’s phone signal. She coordinated with other broadcasters via Twitter direct messages.
Morales, who has Periscoped with the Dalai Lama, discussed the power of Scope Day with SocialTimes:
Scope Day was a virtual passport that easily allowed anyone to travel the world and visit some of the most iconic places on Earth right from the palm of their hand. Each of my fellow #ScopeDay broadcasters and I had one thing in mind, to share the best content we could with the viewers frrom where ever we were on November 7th.
It was great seeing us all, who for the most part have never met in person, voluntarily working together to put this whole thing together, for no other than reason than to let others “explore the World through someone else’s eyes” as Periscope’s motto states.
Periscope blogged about the event, highlighting some key broadcasts around the world, such as @Rosscaneva‘s tour through the museum of Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy. The broadcast included a tour with the lead curator, showing the last works of Michelangelo:
Lin told SocialTimes that he’s planning future Scope Days, encouraged by the success of this one.