From 2013 to 2016, internet humor was almost completely shaped by a video content app called Vine. It was founded in June 2012 by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll. The idea was instantly beloved by powerhouse companies in Silicon Valley and was almost immediately bought by Twitter in October 2012 for $30 million. It’s safe to say that Twitter made the right decision, as the short-form video sharing app took off. The official launch for iOS devices was in January 2013, with Android and Windows versions being released later that year. In just over two months, Vine became the most downloaded free app in the iOS App Store. Unfortunately, Twitter decided to officially shut down the app in January 2017. The Internet was devastated. Now, nearly a year after the app was shut down, co-founder Dom Hofmann has teased the world wide web with the possibility of a Vine 2.0.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the app, users would record and upload six-second looping videos to a giant community of web-goers. Vine was not only the most downloaded free app on the web, but it sparked the careers of numerous online celebrities and even one pop superstar. The world-famous singer that started his career on Vine is none other than Shawn Mendes, who was discovered after uploading a Justin Beiber cover. Other internet celebrities that used Vine to find fame include Brittany Furlan, Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, Logan Paul, Jake Paul, and Andrew B. Bachelor, aka KingBach, who was the most popular Viner in the world with 13.6 million followers.
V2: The Resurrection
As mentioned above, Hofmann teased the idea of a new version of Vine in the future by posting a cryptic Instagram photo with the Vine logo as “V2.” Immediately, the Internet went nuts with excitement, but for those of you who think that the other two co-founders would be involved, don’t hold your breath. Yusupov and Kroll currently run Intermedia Labs, which is responsible for the hottest mobile game on the market right now, HQ Trivia. Hofmann did say that he would be funding the Vine 2 venture on his own.