Twitter Replacing Vine With Vine Camera Today -- Download Your Clips While You Can

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Four years after its launch, the app that spawned countless looping video memes -- including these 10 gems -- is no more. Today is the day that Vine will join the dustbin of mobile app history, and replaced with what is essentially an extension of its parent, Twitter. 

Vine announced in October that it would be phasing itself out, and in December clarified that in its place would be Vine Camera, a standalone app that allows users to take 6.5-second looping videos for posting directly on Twitter -- or you can download them to your device.

If you have Vines that you want saved for posterity, this is literally your last chance. Once Vine Camera goes live, all those videos will shift to an archive where they won't be downloadable. Users are encouraged to save their Vines via the app or on its website.

Vine said that users won't be able to automatically transfer their followers to Twitter, but are encouraged to use a "Follow on Twitter" feature. Vine also noted that beta testers for the #BeyondTheVine program of longer videos will not be able to download those clips.

Vine launched in early 2013, a few months after it was acquired by Twitter. It attracted users eager to share messages -- often funny -- in six-second bursts and became a popular promotional tool among aspiring musicians. After a strong and buzzworthy launch, Facebook took the wind out of Vine’s sails in June 2013 after it added video functionality to its popular Instagram app.


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