Twitter to discontinue standalone app Periscope in 2021
Twitter on Wednesday announced that it would discontinue its standalone app Periscope. The micro-blogging site said in a blog post that the Periscope app would be removed by March 2021. Twitter said that the app is in an “unsustainable mode state” for while. For the unversed, Periscope is a live video platform that was developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein and acquired by Twitter before launch in 2015.
“We’re sharing that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue Periscope as a separate mobile app by March 2021. 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,” Periscope said in a blog.
“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. 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. We’re sharing our decision with you now because we want to be transparent and honest about where we’re at and what’s next,” it added.
Twitter mentioned in the blog that although the app would be removed only by March 2021, no new user will be able to create a new account in-app starting with the next release. The users or broadcasters who used Periscope will be able to save all their broadcasts on Periscope before the app is taken down from the app stores in March. Periscope was used to broadcast live videos but now that feature is available within the Twitter app so the company hopes the live video will be widely used by Twitter users.
Rumors of the app being discontinued surfaced last week when a developer found codes hinting at the shutdown of the app. We’ve learned so much, shared incredible experiences together, witnessed unforgettable moments in history, and seen pockets of the world we could’ve only imagined when we first launched Periscope. It was a genuine honor to pour our heart and soul into building something that other people loved enough to use and build their own communities around. Thank you so much.