Official: Twitter Has Acquired Periscope Streaming Video App
Startup is still in private beta but is reportedly working on a mobile app similar to Meerkat.
Postscript: Twitter confirmed its acquisition of Periscope, a startup working on a live-streaming app, Friday, March 13, via a tweet from Kevin Weil, Twitter’s head of product:
Periscope broke the news minutes before on its own Twitter account:
Here’s our original post:
Looks like Twitter’s video revolution will be … live streamed.
According the multiple reports, Twitter has scooped up Periscope, a startup that enables people to stream live video from their mobile devices.
Periscope is still in private beta and hasn’t announced a product, but reportedly is working on an app similar to Meerkat, the live-streaming app that has recently captured the attention of tech journalists and other tech types on Twitter. Many have wondered whether Twitter would buy Meerkat to add live video to its roster of features.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.
Twitter has been making a strong push into video of late, in January giving consumers the ability to record and upload clips of up to 30-second video from the mobile app. But Twitter video and its six-second Vine app don’t provide the immediacy of live streaming, which given the viral rise of Meerkat seems like a missing piece of the Twitter ecosystem.
Many journalists supplemented their coverage of today’s Apple Watch event by streaming live via Meerkat and it’s easy to envision that easy access to publishing live video on Twitter being a popular feature.