Down, Periscope: Twitter will pull the plug on its stand-alone videostreaming application by March 2021.
The social network acquired Periscope in March 2015 and almost immediately rolled out an iOS version of the app.
Mobile app intelligence provider Sensor Tower said Periscope had been installed over 101 million times worldwide via Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Even after losing favor due to the videostreaming functionality that has been added to Twitter’s flagship apps, Periscope still managed roughly .8 million installs globally thus far in 2020 (through Dec. 14), down 7% from 7.3 million during the same time period in 2019.
While Periscope will be removed from app stores by March, no new accounts can be created in-app starting with the next release.
Periscope broadcasts that were shared to Twitter will remain on the social network for replaying, and Periscope users can download an archive of their broadcasts and data before the app goes dark in March.
The writing has been on the wall for Periscope for quite some time. Prior to Twitter’s post on the Periscope blog Tuesday revealing its demise, the blog had not been updated since March 2019, and Twitter said in Tuesday’s post that the move to shutter Periscope would have been made sooner but the events of 2020 made it a lower priority.
Twitter explained, “The truth is that the Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen declining usage and know that the cost to support the app will only continue to go up over time. Leaving it in its current state isn’t doing right by the current and former Periscope community or by Twitter. We still believe in the power of live video to solve impactful problems, which is why we’ve brought most of the core capabilities of Periscope into Twitter.”