On December 15, Twitter announced that it will shut down Periscope in March 2021. The social media company said that the cost of keeping the service operational with a decreasing number of users is overwhelming. The company explained in a blog post:
“The truth is that the Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen declining usage and know that the cost to support the app will only continue to go up over time. Leaving it in its current state isn’t doing right by the current and former Periscope community or by Twitter.”
The closing down of Periscope has already started with users unable to create new accounts or buy coins to tip broadcasters. It will then be followed by the app getting pulled down from app stores by March 2021. Users can download videos created in this service until the March deadline. On the other hand, broadcasters can cash out their tips up to the end of April.
Twitter said that most of the features that were available on Periscope have been shifted to the Twitter platform itself. It commented:
“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. It was a genuine honour to pour our heart and soul into building something that other people loved enough to use and build their own communities around. Thank you so much.”
Expansions Onto Amazon Web Service
This announcement comes as Twitter extended its partnerships with Arm-powered AWS instances. Amazon Web Services (AWS) confirmed that Twitter has signed a multi-year deal to use its services for efficiency in operating Twitter timelines. Expanding onto AWS is the first time that the social media platform is using the public cloud to enhance the efficiency of their real-time services. AWS stated:
“Twitter will rely on the breadth and depth of AWS, including capabilities in compute, containers, storage, and security, to reliably deliver the real-time service with the lowest latency, while continuing to develop and deploy new features to improve how people use Twitter.”
According to official statements from AWS, Twitter will start using Graviton2 instances on EC2. It will also continue to use CloudFront and DynamoDB services that are currently utilized by the social media platform for advertising content and serving up media.
Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal acknowledged that the partnership with AWS will enhance performance for Twitter users by enabling the firm to serve tweets from data centers near the customers. Agrawal added:
“In addition to helping us scale our infrastructure, this work with AWS enables us to ship features faster as we apply AWS’s diverse and growing portfolio of services.”
What Happens After Periscope Shutdown?
The Periscope team said that the broadcasts that were shared to Twitter will remain as replays and all broadcasters can download an archive of their Periscope broadcasts and data before the app shuts down in March 2021. Twitter has published how users can go live going forward and explained what will happen to the users’ Super Hearts and broadcasts.
Even though it is time to move on, the legacy of Periscope will live on beyond the boundaries of the app. The team believes that live video has the potential to attract a large audience within the Twitter product.
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