Periscope, the app that popularized live streaming from smartphones, shuts down today, just over six years after it was launched. The service has already been removed from app stores, and most features will no longer be available after today.
Live streaming will live on inside Twitter, which has owned Periscope since March 2015, just a few weeks before the service was launched. Twitter announced the impending shutdown in December, saying usage had declined and the app had been in an “unsustainable maintenance mode” for some time.
The Periscope website will remain online with an archive of public broadcasts. Periscope users will still be able to download their data via Twitter.
Live streaming became an overnight phenomenon in March 201
The phenomenon seemed to subside just as fast. Facebook pushed hard live streaming on its own service, and no platform developed a dominant community around the feature. In December 2016, Twitter allowed the ability to stream directly from its own app, removing much of the need for Periscope as a standalone service.
That was it. Our last goodbye. Today is the last day the Periscope app will be available.
We give you gratitude to all the creators and viewers who light up the Periscope community. We hope to see you all live on Twitter.
– Periscope (@PeriscopeCo) March 31, 2021