Vine lives, according to co-creator Dom Hofmann. The entrepreneur, who has worked up and down a spiritual successor of the now short abbreviated video app, says the appropriate sequel will be called Byte, and it will arrive in the spring of 2019.
Twitter initially bought Vine in 2012, prior to its official launch, and shut it down about four years later. Despite its short-lived existence, Vine has become an extremely popular platform for video creators, many of whom have since moved to Instagram, Twitch and YouTube. In place of Vine, TikTok, from a Chinese coincidentally known as ByteDance, has grown to inherit the video flashlight in abbreviated form, albeit with a lot of lip sync content.
Now, Hofmann, one of the co-creators of Vine, is reviving him as Byte. There is also a flamboyant logo to accompany it:
Not much is known about how Byte will work, but Hofmann says it is officially the project formerly known as v2, which has had a publicized and transparent development process with dedicated fan forums for about six months since last November.
Hofmann postponed v2 to May this year indefinitely, citing funding and logistical problems, as well as his day job in managing an immersive entertainment studio called Innerspace VR. Hofmann has kept the forums open to continue discussing, and it seems that he has now solved some kind of funding to get the v2 launch as Byte. We'll probably hear about it sooner, but it's just a relief to know it's actually happening and the six-second videos that have shaped the modern Internet culture could be back in style.