Twitter, in October, said it is killing off Vine. However, the company has shared an update on Monday clarifying the company will convert its Vine app into a pared-down Vine Camera. The transition will be rolled out in January. So while Twitter is shutting down the Vine platform, but users will still be able to make six-second looping videos and post them on Twitter. The videos can be saved on to smartphones as well.
Twitter is also making it easier for Vine followers to follow users on Twitter . “Stay tuned for a “Follow on Twitter” notification soon,” said team Vine and Twitter in a blogpost. Twitter is adding the ability to download Vines as well. This can be done through the app or the website. “All of your Vines will continue to live on the vine.co website, so you can browse all of the amazing videos you created over the years,” the post reads.
Earlier reports had indicated that Twitter was planning to sell off Vine, but it looks like it will survive as a camera app. We’ve already seen the company integrate the Periscope live button into the main Twitter app, so it’s interesting that the company thinks that Vine can do well as a standalone app.
Twitter is not the only one thinking differently around the smartphone camera. We’ve seen rivals Facebook and Instagram make quite a few changes to their camera apps, thanks to Snapchat’s growing popularity.
Snapchat filters or face masks are extremely popular, especially among youth. Instagram has added a ton of new functionalities to its camera app, which now looks like Snapchat’s camera app. It has also integrated Boomerang, which makes it easier to share GIFs from within Instagram app itself. Facebook Messenger, on the other hand, has a new native camera app with features like 3D Mask, special effects, which look very similar to what Snapchat offers.
Facebook is also reportedly testing a new camera feature that will allow users to play around with their selfies using Snapchat-like masks, geofilters, Prisma-like filters as well as overlaid graphics.