News dropped today that Twitter will be discontinuing their 6-second video sharing platform, Vine. Viewership has been steadily dropping for the platform, with the stiff competition of Snapchat and Instagram.
Users will have time over the next few weeks to access the app and website to view and save their favourite Vines. We will be warned before the platform is closed for good.
The Internet had pretty mixed reactions to the news that Vine will no longer be operating. Twitter has been cluttered with people posting their all-time favourite vines to pay tribute to the platform.
— #EndCarceralFeminism (@prisonculture) October 28, 2016
Since the platform was launched in 2013, several people have found great success that has helped further their digital career. Since Vine has been on a steady decline for a while, many of them have found home on other social media sites, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube. However, most were saddened at the loss of their original platform. Here’s what some of the most popular Viners had to say.
Honestly @vine made SO many dreams come true for me… It's so sad to see it finally go ?
— Alx James (@AlxJames10) October 27, 2016
Thank you SO much to @vine for all the wonderful fun I've had these past three and a half years!! Wouldn't trade them for anything!! ???
— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) October 27, 2016
vine saved me in one of my darkest and loneliest times & provided me with a voice, an outlet, and a community.
— #2WAYMIRROR?OUT NOW (@GabbieHanna) October 27, 2016
Here are some of our other favourite reactions.
Twitter's video service is shutting down. Can't remember who told me. I heard it through the grape vine
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) October 28, 2016
After @Vine said they're shutting down, everyone starting making and sharing vines. What if this is a plot to make us use it more? ?
— Norm Kelly (@norm) October 28, 2016
Vine shutting down is the best thing to happen to Vine. So many gems I missed on my timeline.
— Meghan Tonjes (@meghantonjes) October 28, 2016
In all honesty I'm really gonna miss vine. It forced people to really think about landing a good joke in a short amount of time
— Dooger (@dexbonus) October 28, 2016
Vine will leave behind a legacy of being the go-to place for a quick laugh or smile. It will be known as one of the first social media sites to focus on speed, and to encourage creativity, storytelling, and fast paced comedy using a time restriction. In their official statement, Vine said: “thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.”
This sudden extinction of Vine only leads us to wonder- what’s next? Musical.ly? Google Plus? MySpace? This serves us all as a reminder of the fleeting nature of social media. What may seem like the biggest and best platform can become obsolete in a matter of time.
To conclude, we have some valuable advice from the founder of Vine:
Don’t sell your company!
— Rus (@rus) October 27, 2016
What are your thoughts on Vine being discontinued? Which social media will be next to go? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @CelebMix.