Twitter kills Vine

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28 October 2016 | 0

The axe is falling at Twitter after attempts to sell the company proved fruitless, and it is falling hard. During an earnings call , Twitter announced plans to lay off 9% of its workforce, and this was followed by revealing that it is also killing Vine, the popular app dedicated to sharing short looped videos.

Twitter did not provide a specific timeline for the retirement, saying only that the mobile app will be shut down at some point in the coming months.

“Nothing is happening to the apps, web site or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” the Vine team said in a Medium post. “You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.”

Vine rose to fame by translating Twitter’s short, hyper-focused experience into the video world, creating its own generation of stars in the process. But the service wilted in recent times after legions of competitors launched rival services and social video shifted more towards livestreams, including Twitter’s own Periscope.

Vine stars have been departing for YouTube and Facebook in droves, and taking valuable marketers and ad dollars along with them. As just another cog in Twitter’s arsenal of products, Vine never seemed to receive the attention it deserved, as opposed to more full-featured services from Snapchat, Instagram, and more.

Here is what Vine founder Rus Yusupov had to say about its death, via Twitter appropriately enough:

 

Ouch.

Vine created something beautiful but could not keep pace with the rest of the world, and now it is dead. RIP. Here is hoping this is not a portent for Twitter’s own future.

 

IDG News Service

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