The 6 second video sharing app will be no more, Twitter announced that they will be discontinuing the app in the coming months. Although they have not given a clear reason for the closure, some believe it has come about as part of the 9% staff cuts at Twitter.
The announcement of the closure has been met with mixed reactions, some think the closure of the app is long overdue while some of its most popular users are taking to the app to express their thanks for the opportunities it has given them with others posting their favourite vines on other social media platforms. You can view a compilation of the farewell vines here.
After going live in January 2013, a few months after being bought by Twitter, the app gained popularity with millions of registered users. A few of its most popular users have made successful careers for themselves from posting regularly. However many of its users felt that Vine didn’t change up the app like other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat who are frequently adding new features that keep their users engaged.Some of the stars of Vine suggested changes for the app which they thought could save it when they met with the owners last year but many of their suggested changes were never made or implemented too late to make a difference.
So Vine may be shutting down but Twitter have announced that they will not be shutting the website/app straight away so you’ll still have access to your favourite vines (for how long, is uncertain) and some Viners have said they will continue posting to the app until it is shut down completely. But if you’re worried about losing your favourite vines or your creations, GIPHY have also introduced a tool called “GIPHY loves Vine” which will allow you to transfer your entire Vine library and convert them to shareable GIFs, so fear not, vines will live on, just on other platforms.Get transferring your vines here.
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There are also two other ways of saving your vines detailed in this article on Pocket-Lint.You can also probably find most of your favourite Viners on other platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube so you won’t be missing out on any of their content. With the amount of content that was posted on Vine each day, dedicated YouTube channels were set up with people posting compilations of their favourite vines or vines that centered around a certain subject (link to one of these compilations is mentioned above). So if you need to get your Vine fix after the app has gone, YouTube’s got you covered.
The original founders of the app are said to have admitted that they wish they had never sold the app to Twitter and are currently working on another app called Hype which will allow its users to add music and animation to their videos and will most likely go up against Periscope as a live broadcasting app. Hype is currently a beta but will be released to iOS and and Android users soon. Co-founder Rus Yusupov tweeted ” Don’t sell your company!” after it was announced that Vine was shutting down, maybe a bit of advice to the entrepreneurs out there?
Here’s where the whole closing down thing gets a little strange, Twitter have received an offer to buy the app but not from the people you’d expect…
That’s right, Pornhub have made an offer to buy Vine, now I’m not sure if this offer is genuine or just a little joke (probably the latter). But the vice president of Pornhub is reported to have sent Twitter’s CEO a letter, which was shared with CNET and including the following:
“We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like ‘Damn Daniel,’ ‘Awkward Puppets’ and many more.” It also added that it would “restore Vine to its NSFW glory,” and six second porn videos are “more than enough time for most people to enjoy themselves.”
Although the offer is more than likely a joke, Twitter is yet to respond but something tells me that Vine won’t be the same if the offer is accepted.
The Vine app will be changing into a Vine Camera. The camera will still allow you to create the 6 second looping videos that we all love from Vine but instead posting the vine platform, you will have the choice of posting to Twitter or saving them to your phone. You can check out some of the feature of the Vine Camera here.
So I guess it is not the end of Vine just yet…