Twitter Is About to Close Its Periscope Livestreaming App

The live streaming app Periscope will be closed in March 2021.

Twitter, which owns the app, announced the news in a message posted on its website on Tuesday, December 15.

The social media company stated that Periscope had seen a drop in users, adding that most of the app’s functionality has now been built into the Twitter experience.

“Over the past few years we’ve seen a decline in usage and we know the cost of supporting the app will continue to increase over time,” Twitter said in its message. “The current and past Periscope community, or Twitter, is not doing it right to keep it as it is. We still believe in the power of live video to solve serious problems. That’s why we’ve built most of Periscope’s core functionality into Twitter. “

The company said it likely would have taken the move sooner if it hadn’t been for disruption from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Although Periscope will be removed from app stores next spring, the service is already being retired as the option to create a new account as well as the ability to purchase coins to tip a preferred broadcaster will be immediately removed.

Anyone who has ever shared a Periscope broadcast on Twitter will see it live as a replay, and all broadcasters will be able to download an archive of their Periscope livestreams and data before the app closes next year, Twitter confirmed.

“Periscope’s legacy will live on well beyond the app’s boundaries,” said Twitter. “The skills and ethos of the Periscope team and infrastructure are already permeating Twitter and we are confident that live video still has the potential to see an even wider audience within the Twitter product.”

See you soon, Periscope

Periscope launched the shop in February 2014, but didn’t launch until after Twitter acquired it for $ 100 million the following year.
It caused quite a stir in the early days, and live streaming was really picking up speed at the time. The early rivalry with Meerkat, an app with similar functionality, made a big difference.

Now that all of the major internet players have their own live streaming credentials firmly established and Twitter leverages the useful bits of Periscope technology for its own app, the five year old service will soon be broadcasting its final streams.

Twitter added live streaming to its app in June 2016, but at that point you needed a Periscope account to start a broadcast. Later that year, the functionality for Twitter users became standalone, so no Periscope account was required.

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