Who doesn’t love social media and especially the ones where people can create content and show others what they can do?
Vine was a great service for everybody who wanted to show short videos directly to people and even Kylie Jenner used to use it!
These are some facts you should know about Vine!
- The service was founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012.
- The company was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 for a reported $30 million but was later reformed as Intermedia Labs.
- It was launched in 2013 as a free app for iOS devices and on June 2, 2013, an Android version was released.
- On April 9, 2013, Vine became the most-downloaded free app within the iOS App Store and on May 1, 2014, Vine launched the web version of the service to explore videos.
- On October 14, 2014, an Xbox One version was released allowing Xbox Live members to watch the looping videos.
- In August 2015, Vine introduced Vine Music, whose “Snap to Beat” feature creates perfect infinite music loops.
- Vine launched Vine Kids, an app designed specifically for children in January 2015. The app was designed by a pair of Vine employees in order to create a safe space for younger users to watch content deemed appropriate for children.
- Vine was listed among Time’s 50 Best Android Apps for 2013.
- Colin Kroll, co-founder and CEO of Vine, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, 17 December 2018 by the New York Police Department.
- On October 27, 2016, Vine announced that Twitter would be discontinuing the Vine mobile app.
- The discontinuation of Vine came as many different competing platforms began to introduce their own equivalents to Vine’s short video approach.
- On December 16, 2016, it was announced that the Vine mobile app would remain operational as a standalone service, allowing users to publish their videos directly to Twitter instead of Vine; the Vine community website would shut down in January.
- On January 17, 2017, the app was renamed to “Vine Camera.”
- The release of the Vine Camera was met with poor reviews on both the Android and iOS App Stores.
- On January 20, 2017, Twitter launched an Internet archive of all Vine videos, allowing people to continue watching previously filmed Vine videos.