Elon Musk seems to have been serious about bringing back Periscope.
On Wednesday, Twitter’s CEO did a quick video streaming session on Twitter, apparently using old technology from Periscope.
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Periscope was a video streaming platform that started testing in 2014 and generated so much hype that Twitter bought it in March 2015, before it ever properly launched. However, the hype died down pretty quickly and Twitter shut down the product(opens in a new tab) in 2021, citing declining usage and rising costs.
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In his impromptu Periscope session, Musk notes that the video is “pretty low resolution,” to which someone else (presumably a Twitter developer) says they haven’t “fixed it in eight years.”
“This is Periscope code from 2015,” says Musk. “It basically works.”
“We’re just testing the live video feature so we can see if it works, and we can adjust it accordingly,” he says. “Just improve the resolution.” Musk spends much of the video lamenting the onslaught of hearts that appear on the video, though the hearts are not visible in replays.
Musk previously commented on Twitter’s two video apps, Periscope and Vine, saying so some version(opens in a new tab) of both apps is “inevitable”.