Vine Loops Back


Maddy Fleury

Stars made famous by Vine, including Lele Pons, Logan Paul, and Brittany Furlan.

Maddy Fleury, Editor In Chief

After a long day of educational endeavors and extracurriculars, one of the most trendy ways this generation has chosen to spend its free-time is on the once-popular app known as Vine.

Whether users chose to make hilarious seven-second clips goofing around with their friends or simply enjoyed watching what other viners posted, the app brought years of good laughs to people of all ages. After Vine announced the app’s demise in October of 2016, social media users experienced a lull in funny videos that loop on repeat.

This past week, Dom Hofmann, co-founder of vine, tweeted that he is currently working on a new version of vine that, despite speculation from fans on possible new names for the updated app, has not yet been renamed.

“I am continuing to work personally on a follow up to vine. It’s turning out well and will not be called V2,” tweeted Hofmann.

Though Hofmann’s tweets were casual and did not propose an official release date for Vine’s revival, the fact that this information is coming directly from the man who created the original app could mean business.

“As long as this new Vine has the same level of comedic gold as the original one, I will be super happy,” said senior Maddie Pape.

For teens like Pape who grew up watching famous viners in relatable and hilarious videos, the possible return of this form of social media is quite provocative. After Vine was bought out by Twitter two years ago, some videos made famous by Vine managed to resurface in tweets. However, these tweets are often difficult to find as they are simply posted by random users. The nice thing about Vine was that users could look up a famous account or tag and immediately find all of their favorite silly clips.

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Vine’s co-founder Dom Hoffman answers questions about whether or not the new Vine will be as great as the original version.

“Vine was my favorite to get some good laughs, if it really comes back that would be sweet,” said junior Andrew Shankster.

With the absence of Vine came a spark of rage from social media users when an outlet for quick, easy-to-make clips disappeared. Now, after the news of a possible new Vine, fans can only hope the idea will be followed through until it becomes available on the app store.

Sure, apps like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat all grant users access to quick videos, but they lack the effortless simplicity that Vine once possessed. As the movement to bring this originality back progresses, lovers of seven-second iconic videos better stay in the loop.