When I first stumbled upon Periscope I thought to myself "this is amazing!, I can broadcast myself to the world and also see sites I might never see in real life in real time!"
Then when my Periscoping got up to about 5-6 Periscopes a day I started to get emails from friends and family to the effect of "you sure are on Periscope a lot, aren't you?"
Some closer friends and family went so far to say "You're addicted" or "Why do I get notifications that Darrell is about to Periscope at 4:30AM? and then again at 11:00PM at night?"
For a while I would tell people to follow me on Periscope but make sure to turn off their notifications otherwise I might disrupt their sleep patterns.
At a certain point I would start to get a little depressed if a certain number of viewers failed to come into my broadcast.
In fact that may be the key reason I prefer Periscope over Meerkat is due to my complete lack of patience. Most "Meerkasts" I've done take several minutes for a few viewers to arrive while Periscopes typically take a few seconds to get viewers.
Then about 105 days ago ( give or take but, who's counting really?) I stumbled upon Blab. I remember that week distinctly because I got about 2-3 hours of sleep. For those unfamiliar with Blab it is like Google Hangouts and Periscope had a love child that has interesting Meerkat abilities like scheduling broadcasts.
After a few week stint of my own blab show followed by a few week stint of a show I cohosted with the talented Sam Collier I realized a few areas of my life were suffering.
I just began checking out blabs again after about a week or so hiatus out of curiosity and seems like a whole new platform. I haven't Periscoped in about a week or so since my usual journey to the gym is shrouded in darkness and thus not too entertaining or educational.
I know I'm not alone because some people on both Blab and Periscope spend ridiculous amounts of time on either or both platforms. On Blab in particular - I've witnessed dozens of bed-Blabs done by people who just can't step away from their computer
How about you have you become addicted to livestreaming? Let me know in the comments below.
Special Thanks to Vincent Orleck @VincentOrleck for bringing this to our attention. #notaguru
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Darrell White is a marketing professional with a focus on social media and content marketing.