Social media at it’s finest still has some bumps in the road. Fellow live streaming broadcasters: Let me just say right at the top that WE are the new media, and we’re everything that mainstream should be but cannot be. Let’s keep it that way.
At the outset I also have to say that I love Periscope as a platform. I love what it does for us. I love the people that I can meet and spend time with, and I think it’s a great venue. I won’t ever say otherwise but even under the best of circumstances, and guarding whom it is that I draw into my personal social circle, there are always little “things” that have to be addressed. As briefly as I can keep this… don’t act goofy. It’s a level playing field as far as I’m concerned and even though we are all aware of which broadcasters have a broader reach or a bigger voice and who the higher ups are, it’s not a bit necessary for any of us to go fan-girl on them. We’ve all done that to some degree, but at least try to embrace those who are able to display humility with enough respect that they know you still want to interact with them like a human being. If you put someone on a pedestal too high, they’re never going to end up a friend. Just sayin….
What it’s done for me is put me in motion again. At a time when I was beginning to feel stagnant, it gave me a reason to explore things that I either drove past all the time without stopping, or that I didn’t bother to drive a little farther to get to. Because I want to share my world with others, I am expanding my own world. That’s what it has done for all of us – garner appreciation and adventure.
I also need to say something about a block that had to happen yesterday. Don’t ever come into one of my broadcasts and try to run it for me and talk about someone else’s drama or “issues” with Periscope or any other social media platform or individual. I won’t tolerate it. I was as polite as I could be and tried to divert, but that individual didn’t know when frankly to shut up. There were other remarks made throughout the broadcast that were negative and in my opinion rude, and it’s unnecessary. Make yourself the person who is capable of enjoying and celebrating someone else’s successes and fun moments, and be a supportive part of that. If you have nothing good to say, leave. Just leave. Go find someone else to troll. I don’t have time for it, nor do I wish my viewers to be subjected to your inability to behave appropriately. We have a fantastic community and if you feel the need to privately gossip to your friends about what “happened to someone” because of some supposed information, do that but NOT IN MY BROADCAST. Most especially do not show up as a stranger to me and try to do that. You will only end up blocked and I might not be shy about letting others you are connected to in media know about it and why. I’m saying don’t be an ass. Today I’m not sorry for being blunt. It’s become necessary. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I don’t pull any punches. It’s who I am.
Periscope staff are not the ones that will regulate. That’s on us. We make it what it is by our own words and actions, and we are the ones responsible for building good content. That does not simply happen by having a good thought, an active topic, and tapping that Broadcast button. It also happens by managing your details. Good topics, interaction, engagement, and interesting locations are great but your set-up otherwise is foundational. If you’re not checking your Followers regularly and sorting that list, you’re committing a major fail and doing it intentionally. Every single one of us has to go into that list and remove the spammers, the trolls, and the stalkers. When you don’t do that, and you show up in someone else’s broadcast, and you invite YOUR FOLLOWERS…. what’s happening? You’re dragging your trash into their living room and dropping it off. If you ever see someone following me that I haven’t gotten to yet that needs to be evaluated, feel free to send me a message about it. I WILL look at it. You should see a clean list 99% of the time on me. New follows I won’t apologize for, but if I go 2 days and someone is still sitting there unmoderated that I need to remove, I want to know about it. That means I’m slacking. I have no intention to purposefully invite trolls into my friend’s broadcasts. Ever.
Please exercise the same courtesy for everyone. Just take a minute to sort that list out. Having a large number of followers means nothing if it’s all junk. Surround yourself with quality friends. If they’re an egg with no bio, look at who they are following and who follows them. You’ll know if they need to be blocked. It’s not difficult. If they have a bunch of kissy emojis, other suggestive pics, and a web link… what do you THINK they’re in Periscope for? Some profile pics are enough to be an obvious message. Hey, if that’s what you’re there for then fine, go play. Don’t bring it to me though. I’ll end up blocking you along with them in the end. I don’t want to have to do that.
I hate that I have to be stern and less than upbeat in this post. It is however completely necessary. I’ve gone to great lengths to remove negative individuals from my life and I intend to keep it that way. Outreach is hard sometimes because of that – protecting yourself while still offering help to those who are actually willing to be proactive and make changes. Not everyone who says they want their life back really means it. Not everyone is willing to put in the work. I support those who are willing to work for it. I also make the effort to help guard the environment my friends have to experience. That’s why I call it the Troll Patrol in Periscope. When you’re broadcasting, you can’t always focus on everything going up the screen. We should all be watching each others backs for those problems. Don’t be afraid to click report on a troll or a spammer. Hey, I keep my moderation switches ON. Someone else may think that’s not the good way to do it but it’s my way. Great feature. Use it.
We’re all capable of improvement. I work on that daily myself. (Both in general life and in social networking.) We should be encouraging each other to do so. That’s not even always done by “constructive criticism”, which let’s face it, not everyone appreciates. Sometimes it’s done by pointing out something you LIKE about what they’re doing. More importantly it’s done by having each other’s backs.
Be as fantastic as I believe you are able today. Make someone else smile. Hopefully you will get one from me as well.