Down, Periscope: Twitter will unplug its standalone video streaming application by March 2021.
The social network acquired Periscope in March 2015 and launched an iOS version of the app almost immediately.
Sensor Tower, a provider of mobile app information, said Periscope has been installed over 101 million times worldwide through Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Even after losing favor due to video streaming functionality added to Twitter’s flagship apps, Periscope managed around 0.8 million installs globally by 2020 (through December 14), down 7% 7.3 million in the same period of the year corresponds to 2019.
While Periscope will be removed from the app stores by March, no new accounts can be created in the app as of the next version.
Periscope shows that have been shared on Twitter will stay on the social network for viewing, and Periscope users can download an archive of their shows and data before the app goes dark in March.
For more information, check out what’s going to happen to Super Hearts and broadcasts here and how to go live on Twitter.
Periscope’s writing has been on the wall for some time. Before Twitter’s post on the Periscope blog revealed its demise on Tuesday, the blog hadn’t been updated since March 2019, and Twitter said in Tuesday’s post that the move to Shutter Periscope would have been earlier, but the events of 2020 made it a lower priority.
Twitter stated, “The truth is that the Periscope app has been in an unsustainable maintenance mode for some time. In recent years, its usage has decreased, and we know that the cost of supporting the app will continue to increase over time. Not leaving it right in the current and past Periscope community or on Twitter. 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. “