Vine – The beloved and mourned card video hosting platform – comes back kind of, kind. The co-author Dom Hofmann announced today on Twitter that the spiritual successor will be coming next spring.
details? We do not have many. Although Hofmann gave us a name – Swap and logo to match. From the sound out of, it will work in the same way as Vine, with short looping videos. So far, it has a domain name and a couple of clunky social media handles.
Twitter became invisible shuttered Vine two years back, after purchasing it back in 2016. There seems to be some desire for the network laughing these many years later, given that Vine compilations are still very much one-time competitors like YouTube. Hofmann is apparent among those who believe that the idea of six second videos still has something left in it.
We were also anxious and hoping to see more than just a logo and landing page before declaring Vine's successor would actually become reality. In response to our tweet of what progress he really had made so far, he claims to have funding, a team and a product:
This planned return still leaves many unanswered questions about who's on the team how the product works and where the funding comes from, the latter became a problem in earlier attempts to start the service. The byte name has meanwhile been borrowed from a former tool made by Hofmann in the wake of the original Vine.
So how did Interspace and Byte become this new video program? Hofmann tells TechCrunch, "We stopped working on our previous Interspace project and our entire team is involved. Interspace is VC-funded and I'm also adding a little."
The reason why this is important at such an early stage stage is that Vine had an incredible impact on society despite the relatively small user base. Scores of popular memes, future YouTube / Snapchat / Instagram / Musical stars, and the sponsored social content mania all came out of the app. The massive fatigue of grief when Vine 1 turns off is proof that if Byte himself can offer a facsimile of his community context, the youth can be flocked back to Judgment. At a time when social media were increasingly blamed for generating envy and unauthorizedity, Vine was about pure entertainment. It is worth seeing if it can be revived under a different name.