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Periscope App Shutting Down in March as Most Functionality Has Transitioned to Twitter

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Twitter-owned app Periscope today announced that the dedicated app for the live video service will be shut down by March 2021 now that most of the Periscope functionality has transitioned into the Twitter app.


The Periscope app in its current state is in an "unsustainable maintenance-mode state" with declining usage and rising costs. The Periscope team says that leaving the app as is "isn't doing right by the current and former Periscope community or by Twitter."

The writing has been on the wall for Periscope because the app's core capabilities are already available through Twitter. In fact, the Periscope team says that the app would have been pulled sooner but projects were reprioritized because of the events of 2020.

Periscope will be removed from app stores by March 31, but starting with the next release, there will be no option to create a new account in the app. Broadcasts shared to Twitter will be available as replays, and all Periscope users will be able to download an archive of broadcasts and data before the app is removed.
Although it's time to say goodbye, the legacy of Periscope will live on far beyond the boundaries of the app itself. The capabilities and ethos of the Periscope team and infrastructure already permeate Twitter, and we're confident that live video still has the potential of seeing an even wider audience within the Twitter product.
Going forward, people will be able to broadcast using Twitter Live within the compose view by tapping on the in-app camera option. Brands, publishers, and creators can go live using Media Studio.

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Seems like all the big names are merging their content into one app.... how it should have been to begin with. No need to have an app for each service.
Sometimes it's done to experiment with something that might not necessarily work out, or work out the same way, if it was done in the main app right away.
 
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Sometimes it's done to experiment with something that might not necessarily work out, or work out the same way, if it was done in the main app right away.
And sometimes it just works better if the user experience is centered around certain functionality in one app, and around other use cases in another.

It is like saying: Finally the Leatherman combines a saw and a screwdriver, "how it should have been to begin with". However, none of the combined tools are great at what they do.
 
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Delta-NC

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What is this? Is it in the Twitter app? I’ve been back to using Echofon Pro app for months now because the amount of senseless Ad tweets on Twitter was just doing my head in. No matter how many times a ladies shampoo ad is the third tweet while I scroll down as a bald man I‘m not going to buy it. Get a grip Twitter.
 
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williamyx

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What is this? Is it in the Twitter app? I’ve been back to using Echofon Pro app for months now because the amount of senseless Ad tweets on Twitter was just doing my head in. No matter how many times a ladies shampoo ad is the third tweet while I scroll down as a bald man I‘m not going to buy it. Get a grip Twitter.
I've blocked most advertisers and this seems to have done the trick. My blocklist is 3000 accounts long, and growing. The ads have decreased in quantity and increased in randomness as twitter promotes tweets about this guy's frustration with traffic, or new music I'm interested in. If you still like to see the account's tweets, you can just mute the account in question
 
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markhort

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Haven't used periscope for a couple of years, thought I would jump on after reading this. All I found was a load of girls trying to get subscriptions to their OnlyFans accounts.
 
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All I know about Periscope is it's one of the few hashtags I had to manually blacklist when scraping Twitter for data. For some reason tons of unrelated tweets had it. Probably automated.
 
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Delta-NC

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I've blocked most advertisers and this seems to have done the trick. My blocklist is 3000 accounts long, and growing. The ads have decreased in quantity and increased in randomness as twitter promotes tweets about this guy's frustration with traffic, or new music I'm interested in. If you still like to see the account's tweets, you can just mute the account in question
Funnily enough I’d been doing it for years but ultimately it’s victory that’ll never be won. They’ll always be new advertisers. Echofon got behind the times for a few years which is why I had stopped using it but it’s not bad again.
 
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finally, went one time and legit it was full of child porn, reported that **** left and right. twitter isn’t doing anything to these people posting this nasty criminal ****.
 
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