RIP Vine. As soon as Twitter announces that it’ll give Vine more than a heavy prune, it seems that people get all nostalgic about the whole thing. The likes of Wired, BBC Newsbeat, Metro and Sports Illustrated (and dozens more) have written moist-eyed tributes to the six-second video publishing platform.
Actually you’ll struggle to find anyone who’s that surprised by the death of Vine. As former Vine star, Charlie Murphy said to the BBC, “it’s been a dying platform; and it’s been time for it to go, to be honest.” He added that most of the Vine stars , “jumped ship years ago”.
For me Vine was just too much of a slave to its six-second format. Initially the app itself was a bit clunky, especially for editing. By the time that was sorted, too many people had left.
Worst of all, it’s parent platform Twitter seemed to prefer its own native video. Its other main rivals, Facebook and Instagram, were also far superior products, with a bigger user base.
— Phil Szomszor (@theredrocket) October 27, 2016
Who knows what will happen next. Maybe Vine will have a 6 Music moment and not get canned after all?