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Elon Musk Wants Twitter to Bring Vine Back from the Dead

Elon Musk says Twitter may bring back Vine after 70% of 4.9 million poll participants called for the video app to return.

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Over the last 15 years, the online landscape is littered with major social services that have come and gone. Some of them such as MySpace and Snapchat rode the quest of the cultural wave before sticking around as more modestly popular services. Then there are those that broke through the cultural zeitgeist, burned brightly, and went into the sunset. Vine is a prime example.

Vine – which was bought by – is a defining example of a social app that had its 15 minutes of fame. However, it may be coming back to the spotlight if new Twitter boss has his way. Following his recent $44bn takeover of the company, he has instructed Twitter engineers to work on a new version of Vine.

On his Twitter profile (amusingly with the bio “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator”), Musk run a poll asking if the company should resurrect Vine. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with 70% of respondents saying they should. This was no small sample either, with 4.9 million responses in total.

Challenges

If you're unfamiliar with Vine, it was a micro-video-content app that would allow users to record visual snippets of up to six seconds. After its launch in 2012 it became increasingly popular and by 2015 had over 200 million active users.

It then fell off a cliff as other social platforms started implementing their own short video features. By 2016, Twitter had stopped all uploads on the Vine app, effectively ending it. A later web archive of all videos from Vine was launch but it too was later closed.

Whether Musk will follow through on user demand and bring back Vine is still unclear. Although, with video apps like TikTok thriving, it is hard to see how the restrictive nature of Vine would find success today.

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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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