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Periscope shuts down, six years after popularizing mobile live streaming



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

5 with the debut of Periscope and another app called Meerkat. Although Meerkat came out first, Periscope was able to quickly enthrone it with Twitter support and become the leader in live streaming.

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.




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