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Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly

Sixteen years ago, the sun set on Web 1.0, and we embarked by the light of our smartphones to 24/7 connectivity, down a road paved with corporate blunders, littered with yesterday’s top 8 friends, scrubbed n00ds, trashed chiptune tracks, bomb threats, and downy unicorn costumes. Comedic treasures were born and abandoned by parent companies; screaming crowds running through billowing tear gas from police vanished behind defunct video players. Devs dreamed of love, artists of postmodern interfaces, and unknowns of entertainment careers. Netizens injured themselves for stunts, by accident, and on purpose. We submitted to our overlord Mark Zuckerberg and the army of influencers. And so many rubber ducks wailed. Read More >>

The New Vine is in Closed Beta, Only Needs 499,999,901 More Users

The death of short-form video platform Vine – a wonderful, barely functional and totally unmonetisable comedy playground, may she forever RIP in peace – was the mile marker that ended fun internet and began the era of chore internet. Read More >>

The Rebirth of Vine Just Isn’t Going to Happen, Is It?

On Friday, Dan Hoffman, a co-founder of the defunct six-second video app, announced via Twitter that v2, his Vine sequel, is now indefinitely on hold. Hoffman said his vision of a small passion project was engulfed by too much attention, and that he would need a larger team and potential investors (?!) to see it through properly. Read More >>

Vine Founder Teases Vine 2.0 or Possibly Some Kind of Pretzel

Earlier today, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann tweeted the above image captioned only with the letters “v2.” Mirroring the logo of the dearly departed mini-video service, the pretzel-y picture seemed to confirm what Hofmann hinted at last week: Vine might be making a comeback. Read More >>

Vine’s Co-Founder Is Very Concerned About Salad

Vine was an app that offered something new and only lived long enough to leave people with mostly good feelings about it. Now, Vine’s co-creator Rus Yusupov has a new trivia app that people like a lot, and he seems to be doing his best to tank it by acting like a raving maniac. Read More >>

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This Is How Lame You Look Trying to Be Cool Online

With the rise of online communities such as YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat, a whole group of viewers are literally trying to emulate their favourite denizens of Team Internet. You might even know someone like that, the guy who constantly has his phone out, shooting video for his vlog (that very few people watch), and spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to capture the perfect humorous Instagram meme. Read More >>

Vine Website Transformed Into Video Archive (And Clearly Not Dead)

Vine was dead. Then it sort-of wasn't. Now? It's definitely not, at least for the site itself. Owner Twitter has decided that rather than take it down, it'll become a permanent archive instead. Read More >>

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How to Save Your Vines Before It’s Too Late

Let’s bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. Today, in fact. The video looping service doesn’t fit in with Twitter’s plans for the future, which means you’re going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. Read More >>

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The 2016 Tech Obituary: Remembering the Gadgets That Didn’t Survive The Year

As a whole, 2016 has been a bit of a bummer. If it wasn’t Britain doing its best to kick itself in the nuts and the US looking to, ahem, trump that, we had to deal with legends including David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ronnie Corbett heading to the VIP party in the sky. Throughout all this though, the tech scene was getting away pretty lightly. Heck, we even got some cool new kit to play with. Read More >>

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How to Save Your Vines Before It’s Too Late

Let’s bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. The video looping service doesn’t fit in with Twitter’s plans for the future, which means you’re going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. Read More >>

Vine Stars’ Secret Plan to Save App: Give Us a Million Dollars

After months of declining user numbers, Twitter announced that it was killing short-form video app Vine on Thursday. To explain the platform’s stagnation, some might point to its failure to attract the hundreds of millions of casual users that drive growth on similar apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Vine’s own former stars, however, have a simpler answer: We asked for a bunch of money and they said no. Read More >>

The 10 Vines That Shaped Meme History

It's a very sad time for memes, because last week Twitter killed its viral video app, Vine. Vine, while never “profitable,” was responsible for some the rather prolific and viral memes. Read More >>

Vine Is Dead

Twitter is discontinuing its Vine mobile app. RIP, Vine. The announcement, posted on Medium, comes just after Twitter announced its latest quarterly earnings. Read More >>

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These Goofy Dudes Just So Happen to Be Incredible Table Tennis Players

What have we learned from this compilation of Takkyuugeinin’s “table tennis entertainment” vines? Read More >>

Facebook Is Spending Millions to Lure YouTube and Vine Stars to Facebook Live

So far, Facebook Live’s partnerships with digital publishers has yielded, among other things, an exploded watermelon and a failed interview with the president. Now, new details have emerged about Facebook’s plans to pay not just media outlets and celebrities, but also content creators from Vine and YouTube. And boy, did I ever pick the wrong line of work! Read More >>