RIP: Twitter is Shutting Down Vine
In a very unforeseen move, Twitter has officially announced that it will be shutting down its popular video sharing and creating service Vine.
Twitter is Shutting Down Vine's Mobile App, Web Version Will Continue to Live on
Launched back in January of 2013, Vine gained popularity instantly thanks to its unique take on video. Up until now, things were rather smooth for the Vine community as many users found a lot of success through the hub, landing movie deals as well in the process. But today, Twitter is announcing that it would be shuttering the service's mobile app, allowing no one to create new clips for the platform.
The good news here is that your uploaded videos won't be affected at all, neither those uploaded by anyone else for the coming months. This means you can relive those gorgeous Vine moments by heading over to vine.co anytime you like. The content creation part of the service that happened through mobile will be dead first. The complete shut down will happen in the coming months, with Twitter promising to allow users and content creators to download their Vine videos in a proper fashion.
Here's the full press release by Twitter on the matter:
Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.
Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. 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.
Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.
What’s next? We’ll be working closely with creators to make sure your questions are answered and will work hard to do this the right way. We’ll be sharing more details on this blog and our Twitter account, and will notify you through the app when we start to change things.
Without a doubt this is a shocking move from Twitter and will be seen with quite a bit of resistance from users. After all, there are many people out there who turn their ship towards the service in order to consume some entertainment. Let's see how this one pans out in the tech space.
We will keep our readers posted regarding this, so stay tuned in the coming days.