If you were hoping to become Vine famous someday I have some bad news.
This past Thursday Twitter announced the six second video sharing site Vine was closing its doors. Vine has been around since 2013 and has been the career launching platform for several people including comedians like Marcus Johns, Nash Grier, and Logan Paul.
What does this shutdown mean for these comedians? It turns out not much will be affected in their lives. In January 2016, 52% of Vine’s top users abandoned their accounts. (markely)
Marcus Johns, a vine star who gained a million followers in three months set aside the platform to film and star in a documentary. (Huffington Post)
Grier’s Vine fame allowed him to create a clothing line, star in a movie, and travel around the world for speaking engagements. He was voted TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2015 & 2016. (Nash Grier)
Paul was able to drop out of college, capitalizing on his Vine fame, and utilize other social media platforms.
“I believe you really do need to be 360 in this industry, and being just a Vine creator was not my goal,” Paul explained to CNBC on Friday.
Vine has not released the official date of their shutdown, but instead released this statement via Twitter.
Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.
Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.
What will come next for the company and Vine stars is unknown, but hopefully you can sleep better at night knowing you’ll always have the six second memories.
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