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ID: 107605

URL: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/08/vine-co-founder-plans-to-launch-successor-byte-in-spring-2019/

Date: 2018-11-08

Vine co-founder plans to launch successor Byte in Spring 2019

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.



ID: 107630

URL: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/08/vine-revives-as-byte-next-spring/

Date: 2018-11-08

Vine will be revived as Byte next spring

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann tweeted the news today. Last year, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a revival of the popular app, tweeting a logo that simply said "V2." However, excitement and hopes of a return were dashed in May when Hofmann said the project was postponed indefinitely, citing high costs as an issue. But Hofmann has now revealed that Vine's successor will now be called Byte and it should be launching sometime in spring 2019. our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 Back in May, Hofmann apologized for the delay, saying he wanted to make sure that Vine 2.0 was developed in the right way. "I'm very, very sorry for the disappointment," he said at the time, "If it's any consolation, I think it would have been even more disappointing if this service had been developed and released incorrectly, which is where we were headed. I'd like for us to get it right." Byte now has Twitter and Instagram accounts (both @byte_app) as well as a website that presents the service as a "new looping video app by the creator of Vine." Hofmann also confirmed that Byte was what was previously teased as V2. He didn't share exactly when Byte would launch, but you can sign up for updates on the website.



ID: 107788

URL: https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18076362/vine-successor-byte-launch-dom-hofmann

Date: 2018-11-08

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.



ID: 107795

URL: https://venturebeat.com/2018/11/08/vine-cofounder-announces-byte-a-new-looping-video-app-launching-this-spring/

Date: 2018-11-08

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.