The short-form video service Vine, which Twitter shut down in 2016, may be revived as part of Elon Musk’s plans for the firm. A handful of engineers were instructed to work on a reboot that might be ready by the end of the year by Twitter’s new “Chief Twit,” according to Axios.
There is evidence to suggest that Musk is seriously considering bringing back Vine, even though we are likely at the point where he is exploring all options. He surveyed his 112 million Twitter followers earlier today to find out if they thought the business should restart the app. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX questioned MrBeast about how to improve Vine after one of the most well-known YouTube personalities on the planet stated it would be “hilarious” if Musk did that and Vine began to rival TikTok. The decision to revive the platform would also seem to be in line with Musk’s declared intention to turn Twitter into a “super app” similar to China’s WeChat.
The deadline is probably improbable, just like the one Musk apparently set for commercializing Twitter’s verification service. The business reportedly stopped updating Vine more than six years ago, according to Axios. Regarding the software’s codebase, an insider told the site, “It needs a lot of work.” Even if the platform does return, it’s difficult to imagine it competing with TikTok and YouTube Shorts at this point. The “For You” algorithm, which always seems to know what videos will keep you engaged in the app, is largely responsible for TikTok’s success. Nothing comparable ever existed for Vine, and many of its most successful producers have gone on to other platforms.