It comes as little shock, particularly given hypothesis in regards to the app’s future after a discovery in Twitter’s back-end code last week. However right now, Periscope has confirmed it:

Sure, Periscope, one of many unique apps of the 2015 live-stream increase goes away. Superceded by native streaming inside Twitter, and seeing declining utilization, Twitter says that it may possibly not justify supporting the separate app:

“The Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for some time. Over the previous couple of years, we’ve seen declining utilization and know that the price to assist the app will solely proceed to go up over time.”

Consequently, Periscope will go into retirement as of March 2021, whereas nobody will be capable to create a brand new account as of the newest app replace.

“Broadcasts that have been shared to Twitter will stay on as replays, and all broadcasters will be capable to obtain an archive of their Periscope broadcasts and information earlier than the app is eliminated in March 2021.”

Functionally, this would possibly not imply so much. As Twitter notes, customers can nonetheless go stay on Twitter, however they will not have a devoted house to retailer their previous streams. As a substitute, your broadcasts will solely stay inside the tweet, nevertheless it appears probably that Twitter can even, ultimately, look to combine live-streaming into its new Fleets possibility.

That situation was given an extra increase final week, when Twitter introduced that it had acquired group live-streaming app Squad, which allows group chat members to share their display screen in the course of the broadcast.


The Squad app was instantly shut down after the acquisition, which probably suggests that it’ll re-appear quickly inside Twitter, and you’ll assume that will be inside Fleets. 

That might level to new alternatives for Fleets, like a brand new archive in your Fleets, the place your live-streams would even be positioned. Twitter additionally simply signed a new hosting deal with Amazon Web Services to broaden its capability on this entrance, so undoubtedly, live-streaming will stay inside the Twitter app. However Periscope itself will not be a part of it.

Which, as we noted last week, is just a little unhappy. For a short time, after the arrival of Meerkat, live-streaming was alive, it was a refreshing new spin on social media, which everybody appeared genuinely enthusiastic about. That pleasure, nevertheless, did not final, and most of these unique increase apps ultimately died out, together with Meerkat, Blab and several other others.

Now Periscope joins them within the nice app resting place within the clouds. Or the cloud, extra particularly.

The announcement was extensively speculated after app whispering legend Jane Manchun Wong famous a single line of code inside the Twitter app final week.

From that textual content, Wong deducted that Periscope was a goner, and every week later she was (as soon as once more) confirmed appropriate. Wong’s dedication and diligence to discovering such notes has seen her earn a status because the main skilled in reverse engineering apps, usually giving us the heads up weeks, even months upfront of latest options. Now we have repeatedly referred to Wong’s discoveries in our reporting, and this replace, as soon as once more, underlines the worth of her work.       

So, Periscope will quickly be no extra – goodbye to hearts and Tremendous Hearts and that pale blue background.


If in case you have any Periscope broadcasts that you just need to save, you need to get on it now, whereas you’ll find out extra in regards to the pending shutdown of the app here.