Meerkat, star of 2015, is officially dead

Meerkat, star of 2015, is officially dead

Posted 15 seconds ago by Greg Kumparak (@grg)
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Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of the world even knew it existed.

Suddenly, interest in Meerkat fizzled.

A year and a half later, Meerkat is dead — officially.

Ben Rubin, founder of Life On Air (the company behind Meerkat), announced this afternoon that Meerkat has been pulled from the App Store:

We just removed Meerkat from the AppStore 😔 bitter sweet moment seeing it go while celebrating @houseparty

— Ben Rubin (@benrbn) September 30, 2016

Meanwhile, Meerkat’s own Twitter account has been shuttered and pushed into private mode.

The company itself, however, carries on: they’re now focusing on Houseparty, a group video chat application they’ve been building in secrecy for months.

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