Tuesday 20 February 2018

Twitter announces plans to shut down Vine

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Twitter has announced that it plans to shut down video sharing service Vine "in the coming months".

The social media platform plans to discontinue the mobile app, acquired in 2012, but an exact date is yet unknown.

Users have been utilising Vine since early 2013 - a service with allows the capture and sharing of looping six second video clips.

Twitter said that it would give users a chance to access and download their vines before the service shuts down completely.

In a blog posted on medium, Twitter also said that it would keep the website up online.

"Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there -- thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day," the company announcement today read.

"To the many team members over the years who made this what it was -- thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day."

The announcement follows the recent report that Twitter has announced it is to lay off nine per cent of its workforce, or roughly 350 people.

"RIP VINE #GoneTooSoon," tweeted Patricia Laire (@patricialaire).

"VINE IS A QUARTER OF MY LIFE I'M SO UPSET," wrote Twitter user moon (@hrtbreaker_mp3).

Others, however, saw the news as inevitable.

"We all knew Vine was not forever," tweeted Tyzano (@Tyzano). "It just could not compete with other platforms."

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