Vine to become camera app

Back in October, Twitter had announced a shut down of video-sharing service Vine, but that decision has been changed as Vine will now become an app.

Instead of totally murdering the service, Vine will now become Vine Camera, a camera application that lets you make Vine videos and share on other social networks.

A statement on the company’s Medium page reads:

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“Here’s what’s coming: in January, we’re transitioning the Vine app to a pared-down Vine Camera. With this camera app you’ll still be able to make six-second looping videos, and either post them directly to Twitter or save them to your phone. In the coming days we’re also rolling out a way to make it easy for your Vine followers to follow you on Twitter — stay tuned for a “Follow on Twitter” notification soon. And last but not least, you can now download your Vines through the app or the website. All of your Vines will continue to live on the website so you can browse all of the amazing videos you created over the years.”

While it’s not, and will never be the same as the original Vine, creators would be somewhat pleased that they can at least still create content.  To make the transition easier, Twitter has also added a “Follow on Twitter” button to Vine, so users can stay up-to-date on their favorite Viners.

Vine’s lifespan would be watched closely by Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming service which was fully incorporated into Twitter’s mobile app last week.