Vine – the popular and mourned short video hosting platform – will somehow return. Co-founder Dom Hofmann announced today on Twitter that his spiritual successor will be released next spring.
details? We do not have many. However, Hofmann gave us a name – byte – and a matching logo. After the sound things work much like Vine, with short, loop-like videos. So far, it has a domain and a few admittedly clunky social media handles.
Twitter shut down Vine two years ago after acquiring it in 2016. Considering that Vine compilations are still very popular with former competitors like YouTube. Hofmann is clearly one of those who believe that the idea of six-second video still has some life.
We were also worried and hoped to see more than just a logo and a landing page before telling Vine's successor would actually become a reality. In response to our tweet of the progress he has actually made so far, he claims to have a Financing, a Team and a Product:
This planned return still leaves many questions unanswered, who is present the team, how the product works and where the financing comes from, which has become a problem in previous attempts to start the service. The name Byte comes from an earlier tool, which was created by Hofmann following the original Vine.
How did Interspace and Byte become this new video app? Hofmann tells TechCrunch, "We've interrupted work on our previous project at Interspace and our entire team agrees. Interspace is VC-funded, and I've done something about it too. "
The reason why all this is so crucial at such an early stage is that Vine, despite its relatively low number of users, had an incredible impact on society. Numerous popular memes, future YouTube / Snapchat / Instagram / Musical stars and the sponsored social content madness all came out of the app. The massive outbreak of grief when Vine 1 was shut down proves that if Byte can even offer a facsimile of his community atmosphere, the teens could return to Dom. At a time when social media is increasingly blamed for envy and unauthenticity, Vine was about pure entertainment. It is worth seeing if it can be revived under a different name.