What are “Hearts” and what is their significance in Periscope ?
A lot of people who are joining Periscope have done so after using Facebook a lot thus I’ll use a few Facebook “terms” to help with the translation.
Whenever you click to join a LIVE or REPLAY broadcast within the Periscope app (and this feature is restricted to just the app not the web) you are given the choice to give “hearts”. Hearts are Periscope’s equivalent of “likes” on Facebook.
It’s for this reason that many people become obsessive about how many hearts they receive overall … and may even purchase them ! (You can find this practice of selling “hearts” and “followers” on Fiverr.com!)
To be honest, whilst it would be nice to say “I have 10 million hearts” … if you fail to acknowledge your viewers, produce broadcasts that are boring and do not provide value to peoples’ lives then… no amount of hearts will be of assistance to you as people will actively not watch your broadcasts (even if they still follow you). I can say this because I do this currently with a few “popular” Periscope broadcasters as I was sick of how busy the comments were in their broadcasts and thus how little interaction they would give to people (oh.. and don’t get me started on how these “Heart Millionaires” seem to be happy to accept however fail to ever give – IF they ever enter your broadcast!).
My motto is “be generous” when it comes to hearts. Whenever you enter someone’s Periscope broadcast please give them some hearts as a “hello” prior to typing your name and location.
If you love what the Broadcaster is speaking about … give them some more hearts. Broadcasters use hearts as live interactive “feedback” … and in this case Hearts are used like applause.
As a Broadcaster, I always find it a little weird when people only tap one or two hearts. Huh ? This isn’t Facebook buddy … you can give more than one or two. Not to mention, it isn’t like you’ll “run out” of hearts. 😉 LOL!!
Disclaimer on Heart Limits: You can only give maximum 500 hearts whether live or on a replay … unless … you ‘exit’ the live broadcast and re-enter to give more (the same applies to replays).
In the end, the significance of hearts is what YOU place upon them. I personally place more significance on the value the Broadcaster is providing, how interactive they are with their viewers and whether they’re of a collaborative nature (and will be generous as a viewer also).