Remove yourself from that 50-minute long ‘ULTIMATE FUNNIEST MOST HILARIOUS VINES EVER’ YouTube compilation for just a sec – there’s some news. From 2012 until 2016, Vine pioneered a new format of short-form comedy by confining its users to six-second video clips. Its closure, an attempt to save money for Twitter, was met with disappointment from users and fans.
But on Thursday, the founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann, announced that he would be working on a follow-up to the app. He said, “I’ve been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, DMs, etc” he added, “nothing else to share yet, but more as it develops”.
Skirting the issue of finding cash for the project, Hofmann said that he would be funding it himself as an “outside project” so that it doesn’t interfere with the “(quite exciting) work we’re doing at the company”.
While it’s unclear what exactly a follow-up would entail and how closely it would mimic Vine’s functions (or how far away the launch date would be), it’s still exciting news for the people who were saddened by the loss of a platform that launched thousands of memes and was life-changing for young comedians, especially for people of colour.
For the brief time it was around, Vine managed to have a huge impact on the way we create and consume comedy online; the absurd, surreal, often high-concept clips changed internet humour for good – and this follow-up could be a second chance for its stars.
Check out our favourite Vines here, RIP you beautiful thing.
i'm going to work on a follow-up to vine. i've been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, dms, etc.