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28 October 2016 @ 04:00 pm
R.I.P. Vine.  
As some have probably already heard yesterday, Vine has been discontinued.

I know most people on my flist have neither used or cared about Vine, but the amount of innovation that people had when creating their sketches on there was incredible. I never used or had an account there but I have seen numerous of Vines posted (mostly on Tumblr) and I'm pretty sure some of you have probably seen a handful as well over the last several years, and a lot of them were absolutely hilarious and rather ingenious. Unfortunately, judging from the amount of negativity and mocking I've seen around from those unfamiliar with the format, I don't think many understood the amount of artistry it took to create a genuinely good Vine. It took a lot of creativity and thorough planning out of the sketch, how it was going to look, how to edit it perfectly for the comedic timing, and all for six seconds of content. You could literally create an entire completed storyline in just those six seconds. Other times certain Vines were pure accidental but created a legacy of their own, even creating its own memes in the process. It was clever, and it was such a pop culture phenomenon so much that it appeared on shows like Parks and Recreation, and now it is gone.

We've always known that anything online isn't always permanent, especially with the countless social medias available and in competition with each other some will have shorter lifespans than others, and because of that I'm sure there will most likely be something else that will act as a replacement in due time. But I was introduced to so many hilarious sketches and people there, so many wonderfully talented individuals who then got contracts and careers based off the things they created from that little app. From Thomas Sanders and Lele Pons to Enya Umanzor and thejasminator, along with dozens of others, they made me laugh with their creative content.

One of my favorite YouTubers, Gabbie Hanna, who started off on Vine, made a video on her vlog channel discussing what the app personally meant to her and the importance of these little communities of such platforms, even if other people don't understand it.

I know this seems ridiculous to post about a discontinued social media app that I never used and that most probably didn't really pay attention to before this announcement, but aside from the hilarious sketches that I would come across every now and then that will no longer be in creation, I'm also appreciative and supportive of content creators who are genuinely passionate and love what they do and want to further themselves into this career that they've made for themselves because of such online platforms. While there are many other places they can migrate to continue their creativity, for some of them this was their starting point.
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an idea is bulletproof: Stardust - nights such as thiselizalavelle on October 28th, 2016 11:38 pm (UTC)
I've only ever seen a few Vines that became super popular and wound up everywhere. While it wasn't really my social media of choice it's odd to see one disappear altogether.
Renéerogueslayer452 on October 29th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
From what I gather, it's still going to be there as an archive for already existing videos (for how long though, nobody knows) but uploading newer content is no longer supported. But yeah, it's super bizarre. I know there were jokes about Vine having fizzled out a while ago when Snapchat came along, but I always figured that it would still be around for those still using it.
an idea is bulletproofelizalavelle on November 6th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
I guess it was more expensive to support than something like LJ *hugs LJ*

Hopefully the users have all backed up their own content too because you're right, there's no mention of how long it'll stay up. Just that it's staying up for now.
Renéerogueslayer452 on November 7th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely certain of how it all worked, but I think the way they operated was similar in terms of YouTube, such as brands paid popular Viners thus getting them sponsored which is how people could make money from using the site, but unfortunately I don't think the site itself made enough money to continue, at least that is what has been claimed.

But I'm in agreement with others, I think Vine could've (and should've) been spared.

I know there was a tutorial someone posted somewhere about how to save their Vines, or any other Vines for that matter. I know people on Tumblr have been doing their own "my favorite Vines" compilations so nothing is lost.