Vine lives, according to co-creator Dom Hofmann. The entrepreneur, whos been working on and off on a spiritual successor to the now-defunct short-form video app, says the proper sequel will be called Byte, and its coming in spring 2019. Twitter initially purchased Vine in 2012, before its official launch, and shut it down roughly four years later. Despite its short-lived existence, Vine became a hugely popular platform for video creators, many of whom have since moved on to Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube. In Vines place, TikTok, from a Chinese company coincidentally known as ByteDance, has risen to inherit the short-form video torch, albeit with a lot of cringe-worthy lip-sync content. Now, Hofmann, one of the co-creators of Vine, is reviving it as Byte. Theres even a snazzy logo to go with it: our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Not much else is known about how Byte will work, but Hofmann says it is officially the project formerly known as v2, which had a publicized and transparent development process with dedicated fan forums for around six months starting last November. Hofmann postponed v2 indefinitely in May of this year, citing funding and logistic issues, as well as his day job running an immersive entertainment studio called Innerspace VR. Hofmann kept the forums open to keep discussion going, and it seems like hes now squared away some type of funding to get v2 off the ground as Byte. Well likely hear more soon, but its just a relief to hear its actually happening and that the six-second videos that shaped modern internet culture could be coming back in a big way.
Vine — the much loved and mourned short video hosting platform — will return, kind of, sort of. Co-creator Dom Hofmann announced on Twitter today that its spiritual successor is set to arrive next spring. Details? We dont have many. Though Hofmann did give us a name — Byte — and logo to match. From the sound out of, things will operate similarly to Vine, with short, looping videos. So far its got a domain and a couple of admittedly clunky social media handles. our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Twitter unceremoniously shuttered Vine two years back, after acquiring it back in 2016. There certainly appears to be some desire for the network lo these many years later, given that Vine compilations are still very much a thing on one-time competitors like YouTube. Hofmann is clearly among those who believes the idea of six-second videos still has some life left in it. He has for some time now been discussing launching his own successor to the service, initially deeming it V2. He even went so far as to launch a logo for that service, and detail the offering. Earlier this year, however, Hofmann announced that he would be postponing its launch. Things have gone completely silent until now, and you would be forgiven if that roller coaster left you skeptical about Bytes launch. We were apprehensive too, and hoped to see more than just a logo and landing page before declaring Vines successor would actually become reality. In response to our tweet about what progress hed actually made so far, he claims to have funding, a team and a product: we have the first three! This planned return still leaves plenty of unanswered questions about who is on the team, how the product works, and where the funding comes from, the latter of which became an issue in earlier attempts to launch the service. The Byte name, meanwhile, is borrowed from an earlier tool created by Hofmann in the wake of the original Vine. So how did Interspace and Byte turn into this new video app? Hofmann tells TechCrunch, We paused work on our previous project at Interspace and our entire team is all in on this. Interspace is VC-funded, and I put in a little bit as well. The reason this all matters at such an early stage is that Vine had an incredible impact on society despite its relatively small user base. Scores of popular memes, future YouTube/Snapchat/Instagram/ Musically stars, and the sponsored social content craze all came out of the app. The massive outpouring of grief when Vine 1 shut down is evidence that if Byte can even offer a facsimile of its community vibe, the youth might flock back to Dom. In an age when social media increasingly is blamed for generating envy and inauthenticity, Vine was about pure entertainment. Its worth watching if it can be revived under a different name.