Geocaching on Periscope – yay or nay?

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 11.49.49 AMPeriscope, for those of you who have yet to give in to your voyeuristic urges, is a platform for broadcasting anything you want live on the internet. Their official tagline is “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.” Put simply – you can broadcast from anywhere you have a signal and people can interact by making comments. So, how can we or should we incorporate this into geocaching?

 

There are already a couple of people using the #geocaching tag. Joshua the Geocaching Vlogger, HeadHardHat, and the guys from the UK Geocaching Podcast are some of the early adopters. My thought is that it is a neat platform to have some interaction with geocachers all over the world while they are out in the field.

Some potential good uses:

  • connecting with cachers around the world
  • broadcasting from geocaching events
  • teasers for geocaching adventures
  • quick geocaching tips and tricks from veterans

 

Some possible downsides:

  • spoilers for geocaches
  • anyone can comment (even muggles and internet trolls)
  • unedited videos can be boring

We, the Memfis Mafia, are going on a quick family vacation this weekend which will of course include a road trip, some hijinks, a little caching, and now some broadcasting. We are going to try our hand at Periscope being careful not to fall into any of the traps we anticipate. We will not include spoilers (or GC#s for that matter. We will simply disregard any comments from muggles. I can’t promise that the videos will be quality but we will try our best.

Get on periscope. Check out some of the videos. Tell us what you think – good or bad for geocaching. 

 

Here is a simple example video. You will probably recognize this guy. Keep in mind people are still figuring out what to do with the platform.

Lunch on the way to the West Bend Cache Bash – Geocaching Vlogger

 

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5 thoughts on “Geocaching on Periscope – yay or nay?

  1. Why disregard comments from muggles? I’ve seen great periscope geocaching sessions where people have been really intrigued with what they’ve seen and are keen to try it.

  2. Muggles can be converted. If fact we may convert a few through the exposure. I was more concerned with the 13 year old boys that only seem to type “show me your $&@#%”.

    1. Ha! Well you might want to ignore those types of comments. I watch a few of the English guys do them and they’ve been really well received. Fun to watch too. The great thing is they then disappear so no lasting spoilers unlike YouTube. Enjoy your broadcast…I’m yet to dare broadcast anything! Too wimpy 🙂

  3. We in Australia love to periscope, it helps fellow Geocachers with hide ideas, showing the difference between countries etc.
    any issues with rude trolls is helped by the ‘block’ feature.
    Feel free to follow my Geocaching Adventures on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Periscope, ‘The Aussie Geocacher, Seemyshell’

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