Most people are familiar with the social media platforms Twitter and YouTube; even more people use texting on a daily basis. Twitter users to post 140 character “tweets” to broadcast their message while YouTube allows users to upload videos. The Reese’s Cup of social media occurred in late March of 2015 when Twitter bought and introduced a live video streaming application called Periscope to the world. People can broadcast live streaming video of themselves and chat with their followers at the same time. Maybe you are thinking, why is this relevant to community engagement?
With the popularity of Twitter and YouTube, governments around the world are using social media platforms to broadcast themselves and their messages. These applications allow agencies to have a basic interaction with the public. Periscope allows those same agencies to broadcast live events and simultaneously interact with people in and outside of the community. The City of Raleigh and the Town of Knightdale have each live-streamed events at local parks and in their downtown areas. Check out the link below to view a recent City of Raleigh Periscope event.