Published: Sun, December 18, 2016
Research | By Francis Brooks

Twitter to keep Vine alive as a 'pared-down' camera app

Users will still be able to make six-second looping videos, which they can post directly to Twitter or save.

Back in October, when Twitter announced the dissolution of Vine, the internet community spent the day in mourning.

On Friday, Vine officially announced that starting in January its iconic app will be transitioning into a pared-down "Vine Camera" that will boast even more integration with Twitter.

If you loved the remaining features of the Vine app, it is disappointing to note that they will not be making their way to the new Vine Camera app.

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There is afterlife for the recently deceased Vine service afterall, as its creators are about to launch the "Vine Camera" app in January. While it would seem you could share Vine Camera clips onto any platform once they're saved on your phone, we've asked Twitter just to be sure. Check out Vine's website, app and Twitter account for updates.

Vine's so-called death came days after Twitter said it was laying off 350 employees, about nine percent of its workforce, as part of another restructuring. No more Vines of cool dunks, no more Vines of grown men crossing up toddlers, no more Vines of prancing llamas. That will be the only function that Vine Camera will be capable of though, as the rest of the Vine social network will still continue to be disabled in the near future. You will be able to save a 6.5-second looping video on a mobile device or share directly on Twitter.

While it's odd to witness the fall of a video app in the age of video, it seems that Vine just couldn't keep up with the Instagrammers and Snapchatters of the world. The company is having a tumultuous year so far.

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