Twitter’s four year experiment with six second videos is coming to an end. As the company’s search for a buyer seems to have slowed down considerably, the social network announced that Vine will be closing in the coming months.
The company insisted that nothing will happen immediately, to ensure that its users won’t lose their videos and favourites. “We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way,” they company wrote. “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.”
No specific reason for the closure was announced in the blog post, but it’s fair to say everything isn’t exactly rosy at the social network that forced 140-character brevity from its members. Earlier today, it was announced that Twitter would be cutting around 350 jobs.
Twitter said it would keep its users up to date via the official Vine Twitter account, and through notifications in the app.
“To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day,” Team Vine wrote in the announcement. “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.”
Already, my Twitter timeline is sharing some classic Vines. Classic Vines like this: