Twitter in recent news pervading the tech space, announced that will be shutting down operations as an independent application as an autonomous application at the end of Q1 of 2021.
In an open letter opened today, Twitter referred to Periscope operations as unsustainable as there is a noticeable decline in usage in recent years as a driving factor.
“Leaving it in its current state isn’t doing right by the current and former Periscope community or by Twitter,” the company noted.
It will be recalled that Twitter bought over the live-streaming app back in 2015 but has been building out its own video offerings in recent months, thereby rendering much of Periscope’s features redundant as an independent app.
A line of code that popped up in the Twitter app last week appeared to point to periscope’s eventual closure.
Periscope was purchased while in its introductory stage in the product life cycle as Twitter looked to address the rapid growth of competitor Meerkat.
At the moment, live video streaming has evolved by leaps and bounds and the need to incorporate such features directly into the native Twitter app came as the next step for the tech giant.
This has adversely affected Periscope’s fortune as an independent app over time.
“We probably would have made this decision sooner if it weren’t for all of the projects we reprioritized due to the events of 2020,” The microblogging site explains.
Sensor Tower notes that Periscope has had around 101 million installs over its lifetime, including the App Store and Google Play.
“Year-to-date, Periscope has seen approximately 6.8 million installs globally, down 7% year-over-year from about 7.3 million during the same period from January to December 14, 2019.”
As it stands, Periscope will be out of app stores by March, and the ability to create new accounts will be disabled with the next software update.
Existing Broadcasts that were shared on Twitter will continue to exist on that app as replays.
The tech giant is also offering users the ability to download an archive of their content before it all goes away in March.
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