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Vine cofounder announces Byte, a new looping video app launching this spring


There will soon be a new looping video app for Vine fans to take a byte out of. Vine founder Dom Hofmann tweeted today that a new version of the video looping app that hes been working on, called Byte, will launch in spring 2019. our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Hofmann has been working on a followup to Vine, which he called V2, since at least November of last year. In May, he postponed the project, citing legal and financial difficulties. Interestingly, Hofmann launched another app called Byte three years ago, a collection of photo editing and creative tools. The old and new Byte even use a similar logo containing a yellow-red-blue icon in the top left corner. Hofmann also tried his hand at a social network with a Slack-like interface called Peach. Founded in 2012, Twitter bought Vine just four months after it launched for a reported $30 million. The original Vine had a 6-second time constraint for videos, and reportedly had over 200 million monthly active users at its peak. Twitter killed Vine in 2016, as it started to devote more resources to live video. Hofmann founded Vine with Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, who are also the cofounders of HQ Trivia. VentureBeat has reached out to Hofmann on Twitter for more details on the new Byte, and will update this story if we hear back.

Vine’s successor Byte launches next spring


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.