According to the latest news, Twitter has acquired Squad, an app that lets you hang out with your friends via video chat and screen-sharing. The company announced this on Friday. Twitter’s VP of product, Ilya Brown, said in a tweet that Squad will help Twitter to “bring new ways for people to interact, express themselves, and join in the public conversation”.
In follow-up tweets, Brown said that the Squad team will bring “a deep understanding of how people participate in interactive audio and video conversations” and will “accelerate our work to bring people new and creative tools to start and join conversations on the service.”
Recently, Twitter has been exploring ways to connect people beyond the standard tweet. Recently, the company globally launched its ephemeral Fleets and the announced clubhouse like chat rooms. Considering all these, it is not hard to imagine that Twitter is trying to build virtual hangout spaces like Squad.
After Twitter acquired Squad, Jane Manchun Wong discovered that the company may shut down its live streaming service, Periscope because Twitter is perhaps planning to move away from letting people broadcast video on a large scale.
As per a text on the official website of Squad, the app will shut down on Saturday, 12th December 2020. A Twitter spokesperson has informed that people who are currently using Squad are already notified about this.