Twitter Set To Send Vine To App Graveyard
October 27, 2016 at 2:37 PM (PT)
VINE, home of the six-second video/memes, will soon go the way of NAPSTER. TWITTER announced it's shutting down the social network that lets users create and share short-form videos “in the coming months.”
The VINE app will be discontinued, although the company said in a MEDIUM post it will keep the VINE website up so people can “watch all the incredible VINES that have been made." Users will be able to download their content from the service — and be notified before the company makes any changes to the app or site.
TWITTER, which brought VINE in 2012, has been the subject itself of rumors about a possible sale, and just announced a restructuring that will cut 9%t of its workforce (NET NEWS 10/27).
When VINE went live in early 2013, it became a popular way to share sports highlights and comedy skits. VINE faced stiff competition in the social video market from rivals FACEBOOK-owned INSTAGRAM (which allowed users to make 15-second clips) and SNAPCHAT. Many popular users such as BRITTANY FURLAN and LOGAN PAUL have deserted the service for other platforms.