Twitter acquires screen sharing app Squad

The Twitter platform announced the acquisition of the social application for screen sharing, Squad, so that the application allows users to share their screens via mobile phone or desktop and video chat at the same time.

The social application team joins the Twitter ranks, including CEO (Esther Crawford) and Chief Technology Officer (Ethan Sutin), within the Design, Engineering and Product divisions.

In particular, Crawford indicates that it will lead a product in the talks.

Ilya Brown, vice president of product at Twitter, said in a tweet: Squad helps Twitter provide new ways for people to interact, express themselves and join the public conversation.

Brown adds: The Squad team has a deep understanding of how people engage in interactive voice and video conversations, and they are accelerating the work of Twitter to bring new and innovative tools for people to initiate and join conversations.

Twitter is exploring ways to allow people to communicate beyond standard tweets, as evidenced by the global launch of Fleets and the announcement of the next feature to the service called Audio Spaces.

It’s not hard to imagine the possibility that Twitter could build virtual crowd spaces, like Squad, within its platform.

Twitter’s acquisition of Squad also comes on the heels of information that the company may shut down its live streaming service Periscope, which has largely faltered over the years.

Twitter may be planning to move away from letting people broadly broadcast the videos and have them broadcast instead to smaller communities.

Today, December 12, the Squad application is closed, according to a message via the social application’s website, and people who are currently using the application have been notified of the change, according to a Twitter spokesperson.

Twitter was not keen on continuing to operate separate apps outside of its main app, as Vine was shut down, annoying users who might have subsequently flocked to TikTok, which was one of the major missed opportunities for US social media companies.

Squad has a close partnership with Snap and was an early adopter of many of the Snap Kit for developers, and building the bulk of the app using Snap tools for developers could make transferring technology to Twitter a complex task.

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