Those who know Vine have fond memories of it. The six-second video-sharing platform was a near-perfect short-form video community with content that was extremely shareable. But Twitter, bafflingly, shut it down, to the shock and anguish of Vine users and creators around the globe.
The Return Of Vine, Sort Of
But there might be some good news, still. Dom Hoffman, the founder of Vine, has announced on Twitter that he's playing around with the idea of a Vine sequel, that he's "been feeling it myself for some time" and have been seeing a lot of tweets and direct messages, presumably about ideas for the follow-up.
Beyond that, there's practically no information as to what Hoffman might have in mind. It's not even clear if he's working on something that's similar to Vine, or another project entirely different from it. Both are rational possibilities, and this point with no further information, the former is as plausible as the latter.
He did tweet this, though: Hoffman is funding the new project himself outside of his current company, and that he has "nothing else to share yet, but more as it develops."
Vine And Twitter's Relationship
Twitter acquired Vine in 2012 for around $30 million, with Hoffman serving as CEO until 2014. Vine grew rapidly and became an unstoppable worldwide phenomenon. Perhaps that's thanks to its significantly novel format of bite-sized content that's often comedic, creative — or both. Lots of people have become famous Vine creators, and the app's shutdown has left most of them in limbo.
Knowing the creator is working on a follow-up to Vine is exciting news, but keep in mind that Hoffman is keeping the majority of his focus on Interspace, a mysterious startup he founded. That means it might take a while before fans see concrete development about the said follow-up. Even still, the announcement should please both Vine fans and creators, as it signifies a possibility to rekindle the app's former glory.
Many remain baffled even months after the Vine shutdown, and rightfully so. The app seemed popular and widely used, and it fostered a close-knit community of video creators unlike any other platform. It had all the elements of a winner, but was still killed. Many have become impassioned about its death, too.
What do you think? Are you excited for whatever Hoffman is working on as the follow-up to Vine? As always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below!