January 18, 2017
Twitter has officially pulled the plug on Vine, its six-second video service, but has launched Vine Camera in its place.
Vine Camera, which became available Tuesday after Vine’s demise, enables you to make 6.5-second looping videos that can either be posted to Twitter or simply saved to your camera roll.
“You can connect your Vine and Twitter accounts so that your followers can find you on Twitter with our new Follow On Twitter feature,” reads a Vine FAQ page. “(Note that your accounts need to be public, and you must link your accounts in your settings for this to work). We’ll notify you through the app when this feature is available. We hope this will help you grow your audience on Twitter and continue making and sharing videos there.”
Although Vine is still online, it is no longer an active website. Rather, it has been turned into an archive so you can view videos created through the Vine app. New videos cannot be added. The ability to download your Vines from the app on iOS and Android or the vine.co website is now unavailable as well.
The decision to shutter Vine came as a surprise, given that until last fall, Twitter still seemed committed to the app. It announced last summer it had increased Vine’s brief six-second limit to 140 seconds.
Vine announced it was shutting down last fall after Twitter was forced to lay off nine percent of its workforce, which is between 300 and 350 people.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.