However, while Twitter looks to lap up Periscope, there is reason to believe that the acquisition is prompted as much by the success of the Meerkat stream-tweeting model as by other motivations. Meerkat, a streaming service, piggybacked on Twitter’s identity, communication and distribution system—the moment you started a broadcast on Meerkat, an auto-tweet mechanism would tweet at all your followers with the link to your stream. Given Meerkat became wildly popular with this sharing mechanism, there was speculation that Twitter might look to acquire it. But the microblogging site instead reportedly blocked the feature that allows apps to tweet on behalf of people, before, eventually, bringing it back. Now, an aggressive tweeting-streaming model (where every time you tap on ‘stream’, a tweet goes out to all your followers) is a bit too much. But given the activity video-streaming, especially live-streaming, generates, the Periscope acquisition might just be the thing that Twitter needs.