Six Seconds of Fame: The rise and fall of Vine

6seconds per video
2,000,000active users (2015)

On Oct. 27,

Twitter announced that it will be shutting down their video app Vine. Twitter purchased Vine in 2012 and launched the app in 2013. Vine took over the Internet as the Twitter-equivalent of video, as users’ posts had a limit of six seconds.

With Vine shutting down, many of its users were upset. Seeds Entertainment spoke with three Viners about their time with the app and how the shutdown affects them.

First, we have Chris “Yunglame” Williams from California with 241,000 followers and 175 million Vine loops.

SE: How did you first come across Vine?

CW: I saw my first vine during my senior year of high school when my friend showed me his phone with no context and I was fascinated.

SE: What were your first vines like?

CW: They were simple and fun. I made them mostly for me.

SE: Who were some of your influences when it came to your content?

CW: Cody Ko, Zach Piona and Wahlid Mohammad, guys like that. I also drew inspiration from the black community on Vine.

SE: How much of an impact does Vine’s shutdown have on your content creation?

CW: In terms of content creation, I’m going to push myself to express my ideas on different platforms. It’s different when there’s only six seconds to tell a joke or story. I feel cut short because I feel like I wasn’t done growing on Vine.

SE: What are some of your hobbies/projects outside of Vine?

CW: I play guitar and have been for almost six years. I’m also into film photography and I host a live radio show on Thursdays.

SE: What kind of music do you play? Are you in a band?

CW: I play for my church’s band every Sunday. I play about everything.

SE: Internet fame is different from regular fame, but have you ever had a fan approach you in public?

CW: The funniest time was when I was at a mall with a friend and this grown man came up to me and told me that he and his wife watched my vines all the time. I realized then that I probably shouldn’t swear as much in my vines.

SE: As an outsider of Nebraska, what do you think a Runza is?

CW: I have no idea. It sounds like a food. Does it have rice? Is it a soup?

Next, we have Manny “MovieManny” Rodriguez IV from New Jersey with 140,000 followers and 159 million Vine loops.

SE: How did you first come across Vine?

MR: I saw my friend Chris using it and then these short videos started popping up on Twitter all of the time.

SE: Who were your biggest influences?

MR: For comedy, Robin Williams and Dave Chappelle. As for other Viners, my friend Chris Melberger is a genius when it comes to social media. Lucas (boysru1ee) and Dan Curtin are also funny Viners.

SE: When did you notice that your Vine popularity was increasing?

MR: When I reached 100,000 followers, I started having people come up to me and I thought that was cool. Sometimes I’ll receive messages from people saying that my videos have helped them and I think that’s really cool.

SE: What do you do outside of Vine?

MR: I’m in my last semester of college right now. I’m studying Communication and Media Arts, which is a little bit of everything, but also nothing at the same time.

SE: Were your surprised by Vine’s shutdown?

MR: I knew Twitter wasn’t making money off of Vine because it’s hard to create an ad that only lasts six seconds. I didn’t not see it coming, but I also hoped that there was a way for the app to make money so it could stick around. I knew Vine wasn’t going to last forever, though.

SE: How is Vine shutting down going to impact you?

MR: I made videos in the six-second format for about three years and that was a lot of fun, but I plan on making longer videos based on some of the vines that I’ve already posted. It also made me go out and do things I normally wouldn’t have done. Vine really made me open up and become more comfortable as a person.

“I also hoped that there was a way for the app to make money so it could stick around. I knew Vine wasn’t going to last forever, though.” – MovieManny

SE: Who would win in a fight: Herbie Husker or Lil’ Red?

MR: Herbie Husker looks tough, but he’s probably a little bitch. Lil’ Red looks fast and he can stand on his head, so I’d go with Lil’ Red.

Last, we have Brian “Rex Testarossa” Foster from North Carolina with 125,000 followers and 148 million Vine loops.

SE: How did you first come across Vine?

BF: I first came across Vine in early 2013. I followed this musician on Twitter and I saw him post what I thought were GIFs, but they had sound. They said “press to open up in Vine” and I was wondering what that was, so I downloaded the app.

SE: Who were some inspirations for your content?

BF: Comedic-wise, Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress and Jerry Seinfeld.

SE: Were you surprised by Vine’s shutdown?

BF: Yes, it came out of nowhere for me. Vine invited me to their headquarters this past summer and everything seemed to be OK.

SE: How does Vine shutting down affect you?

BF: I’ve become used to cramming things into six seconds. Having that restriction really challenged people to expand their creativity.

SE: Have you ever had a fan approach you in public?

BF: I’ll have kids staring at me when I’m out eating and it’ll be either that they recognize me from Vine or they think that I’m Cyborg from “Teen Titans.”

SE: What will you miss most about Vine?

BF: The accessibility. Anyone was able to make a vine and it has changed people’s lives. People like Shawn Mendes and Jake Paul got their starts from Vine.

SE: Was anime a mistake?

BF: Oh my God, yes! It’s the biggest mistake ever created. There’s only one good anime in the universe and it’s “Cory in the House.” The story, the pacing, the animation style, it almost makes the people seem real.