When Twitter announced in October that it was shutting down Vine, fans of the six-second video-looping service lamented the forthcoming loss and various potential buyers — including Pornhub — came out of the woodwork. While that interest wasn't enough to get Twitter executives to change their minds, it likely led to today's news that the app will sorta kinda live on — albeit in a neutered state.
"[In] January, we’re transitioning the Vine app to a pared-down Vine Camera," a company spokesperson explained. "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 other words, the social features that made Vine what it was will be missing as of next month. Think Hipstamatic, the almost-Instagram, but for videos. "The Vine Camera will allow you to make 6.5 second looping videos and... save them to your camera roll in a logged out state," explains a Twitter FAQ. "You will not be able to do any of the other things you can currently do with the Vine app."
Gee that sounds fun.
Users who aren't interested in a new camera app still have a chance to hold on to their past Vines after the original service is discontinued. The company has made it possible to download your looping creations, and let fans know that "your Vines will continue to live on the vine.co website so you can browse all of the amazing videos you created over the years."
But you better move quickly, as after Vine Camera is launched the download option will be discontinued, leaving your past looping creations to wither on the virtual vine.