Vine is a short-form video sharing service where users can share six-second-long looping video clips. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about the service!
1.Vine was founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012.
2. The company was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 for a reported $30 million. It originated in Florida.
3. Vine officially launched on January 24, 2013 as a free app for iOS devices. On June 2, 2013, an Android version was released.
4. On November 12, 2013 the application was released for Windows Phone.
5. In a couple of months, Vine became the most used video sharing application in the market, even with low adoption of the app.
6. On April 9, 2013, Vine became the most-downloaded free app within the iOS App Store and on May 1, 2014, Vine launched the web version of the service to explore videos.
7. On October 14, 2014, an Xbox One version was released allowing Xbox Live members to watch the looping videos.
8. In July 2014, Vine updated their app with a new “loop count” meaning every time someone watches a vine, a number on top of the video will appear showing how many times it was viewed.
9. The “loop count” also includes views from vines that are embedded onto other websites.
10. In August 2015, Vine introduced Vine Music, whose “Snap to Beat” feature created perfect infinite music loops.
11. In June 2016, Vine announced that it was experimenting with letting users attach video clips up to 140 seconds.
12. In January 2015, Vine launched Vine Kids, an app designed specifically for children
13. On October 27, 2016, Vine announced that Twitter will be discontinuing the Vine mobile app.
14. Vine said users of the service would be notified before any changes to the app or website are made. The company also stated that the website and the app will be still available for users to view and download Vines; however, users will no longer be able to post
15/ Vine has attracted different types of uses, including short-form comedy and music performances, video editing, and stop motion animation.
16. The service has also been used for journalism: on February 1, 2013, a Turkish journalist used it to document the aftermath of the 2013 United States embassy bombing in Ankara.
17. Vine has also gained ground as a promotional tool; in 2013, the track listing of Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories was revealed via a Vine video, and on September 9, 2013, Dunkin Donuts became the first company to use a single Vine as an entire television advertisement.
18. Music-oriented videos have also had success on the service; in July 2013, a Vine post featuring a group of women twerking to the 2012 song “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” became viral, spawned response videos, and led the previously-obscure song to peak at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
19. In March 2013, 22 Vines were presented in an exhibit entitled #SVAES (The Shortest Video Art Ever Sold) at the Moving Image art fair in New York City. Copies of the videos were available to purchase on thumb drives for US$200 each. Angela Washko’s “Tits on Tits on Ikea” was sold to Dutch art advisor, curator and collector Myriam Vanneschi, during the event, marking the first ever sale of a Vine as art
20. As of May 2016, Viner King Bach is the service’s most followed user, with over 15 million followers.
21. Other people known for their Vine videos are Brittany Furlan, Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, Curtis Lepore, Jérôme Jarre, Lele Pons, Hayes Grier, Elizabeth Koshy, the Eh Bee Family, Amanda Cerny and Marlo Meekins.
22. Popular celebrity users include Page Kennedy, Nicholas Megalis, Ansel Elgort, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Josh Peck, Shawn Mendes, DeStorm Power, Will Sasso and Ariana Grande, each garnering over a million followers.
23. Ryan McHenry made a series of Vines titled Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal from 2013 to 2015. The Vines attracted the attention of Gosling himself, and when McHenry died on May 2, 2015, Gosling paid tribute to him by posting a Vine of him eating cereal, effectively ending the series.
24. Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda earned a record deal as a result of posting a Vine clip which attracted more than 3.3 million views and imitations from Kevin Durant and Beyoncé.
25. Ruth B earned a record deal from Sony after creating the song “Lost Boy”, which she originally posted, partially completed, on Vine
26. Soon after its launch, Vine faced criticism for how it handled pornography; while porn is not forbidden by Twitter’s guidelines, one sexually explicit clip was accidentally featured as an “Editor’s Pick” in the Vine app as a result of “human error”.
27. Because pornographic content violates Apple’s terms of service, the app’s rating was changed to 17+ in February 2013 following a request by Apple.
28. Viners are often criticized for their use of racial stereotypes in many of their videos.
29. Many Vine videos portray the difference between White Americans and African Americans. Kim Pearson, chair of the department of African-American studies at The College of New Jersey, stated that “Vine videos may impact viewers, especially when there’s a lack of context, teaching them to accept racial boundaries.”
30. Vine was listed among Time’s 50 Best Android Apps for 2013.