The Resurgence of ‘Vine’


James Kim, Staff Writer

Today’s teenagers are avid users of social media, especially of applications like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. One application, called ‘Vine’, was a major hit a couple years ago. The platform, which was founded in 2012, featured 6 second long videos. These short clips were organized into categories such as sports, comedy, arts, and more. Through the creation of their vines, users like Jake Paul, Josh Peck, King Bach, BatDad, Lele Pons, and much more became instant celebrities (if they weren’t already). Vine brought laughter, happiness, and fascination to millions of people.


On October 27, 2016, Twitter (the owner of Vine) announced that the app would disable uploads. Users were still able to view and download the existing vines through an archive on the internet. However, new content was no longer going to be published for all to see.


In December of 2017, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann tweeted an image of “V2”, resembling the previous logo of the app. He announced that he was going to work on a follow-up to vine. Furthermore, he mentioned it would be self-funded, meaning that bigger companies will not take over like Twitter did to the original Vine. In another tweet, Hofmann stated,

“three principles for v2:

– give an equal voice to every artist

– be as generous as possible to every artist”

– foster a civilized, kind, inclusive, and absolutely non-toxic community”


As he continues to unveil more information about the app, it will be very intriguing to see the final results. In addition, it would be interesting to see how similar it is to the old app, regarding users, interface, format, and style. Regardless of how it comes out, many people will be happy to see more comedic videos, sports edits, and other fascinating content.

Picture from Twitter