Periscope is history. The application that popularized live broadcasts from mobile phones has ceased to exist, just six years after its purchase and launch by Twitter to overshadow Meerkat, the first app to explore this terrain and which ended up being overshadowed by Periscope to the point that he had to reorient his business and abandon live broadcasting.
Periscope was launched six years ago and popularized live broadcasts
Since then, things have changed a lot in the field of live broadcasts, with the launch of Facebook Live and later the arrival of live broadcasts on Instagram and even on other platforms such as LinkedIn and TikTok.
Twitter integrated all its technology into the social network itself and, little by little, Periscope stopped being used as an independent application. So much so that last December Twitter announced that on March 31, 2021, the Periscope app would cease to exist.
And so it has been, the application has already been eliminated from the application stores, both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store and as of today it can no longer be downloaded and installed on new mobile phones.
But also, those who have it installed on their devices will see that, although they could access the Periscope app, most of its functionalities are no longer available. Of course, most users already see a warning message like the one shown above and that indicates that the service is not available and asks them to access Twitter to continue broadcasting live.
Since the shutdown was announced three months ago, Periscope has been usable, although the app has not been updated. Twitter prefers to develop the functionalities within the social network given the low use of the application, which is why it announced the closure, which has already materialized. This is how the service was dismissed on Twitter:
This is it. Our final goodbye. Today is the last day the Periscope app will be available.
We leave you with our gratitude for all the creators and viewers who brighten the Periscope community. We hope to see you all live on Twitter.
– Periscope (@PeriscopeCo) March 31, 2021