RIP Vine

Sofia Verduzco, Section Editor

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The well known video app called Vine was not intended to become such a popular app. Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll, the creators of Vine, created the app for people to make six-second videos of casual moments in life. Eventually, Vine began to blow up. The creators didn’t expect millions of people to be on the app. “Our original beta had something like 10 to 15 people on it, and even with that small group we started to see experimentation pretty early on,” said Dom, Rus, and Colin in an interview with The Verge. When the app was launched, users took the 6six-second video limit as a fun challenge. This was not part of their pitch to Twitter, which bought Vine for reported $30 million in October 2012.

On January 27 of this year, the beloved Vine officially “died.” Now it’s been replaced with a “pared-down” camera app called Vine Camera. The reason for the deleting of Vine was mainly the popular social media app, Instagram’s, fault. In June of 2013 Insta began to let users make 15 second video clips. Vine wasn’t moving fast enough to differentiate. Eventually, Instagram bumped the video clips up to 60 seconds, while Vine didn’t break the six-second “rule” till earlier last year. Sadly, fewer and fewer people were posting on Vine. The popular users were switching to Instagram and some even went on to YouTube. Vine will be dearly missed by some.

Rip Vine 2012-2017 :’(