News 27 October 2016
Author: Alex Griffin

RIP Vine: Popular video app shut down for good

27 October 2016

The days of six-second long stupid videos shooting randomers to a just-as-short-lived 15 minutes fame are officially over.

Twitter has announced that they will be shutting down Vine for good. The service is closing after only a short four years of existence; quite ironic, given how short the content on there is.

In a statement they said, “In the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the [Vine] mobile app. Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today.

“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.”

They haven’t indicated a clear reason as to why they are discontinuing the video service, although it has been reported that Twitter is letting 9% of its work force go due to slow development.

A separate video facility has been initiated into Twitter since 2012, as well as the aquisition of similar apps like the Periscope streaming service.