Vine lives after co-creator Dom Hofmann. The entrepreneur who has worked and turned off a spiritual sequel to the nude short-lived video app says the correct sequel is called Byte, and it will be in spring 2019.
Twitter bought for the first time Vine in 2012 before it was officially launched and closed it about four years later. Despite its short-lived existence, Vine became a hugely popular platform for video producers, many of which have moved to Instagram, Twitch and YouTube. At Vine, TikTok, from a Chinese company randomly known as ByteDance, is the step to inherit the short-form burner, albeit with a lot of cringe-worthy lip-sync content.
Now, Hofmann, one of the co-creators of Vine, revives that as a change. There is even a snazzy logo to go with it:
Not much else is known about how Byte will work, but Hofmann says it is officially the project previously known as v2, which had a published and transparent development process with dedicated fan forums for about six months from November last year.
Hofmann exposed v2 indefinitely in May this year with reference to funding and logistics problems as well as his daily job, which runs an immersive entertainment studio called Innerspace VR. Hofmann held the forum open to hold the discussion and appears to have squared some kind of funding to get v2 from the ground like Byte. We will probably hear more soon, but it's just a relief to hear that it's actually happening and that the six-second videos that formed modern internet culture could come back in a big way.