Dom Hofmann, co-creator of the short-form looping video app Vine, has announced that the app’s successor will be launching next year. Called Byte, this new app is expected to work just like its predecessor, but not much else is known about the platform. Hoffman said on Twitter that he was working on ‘a follow-up to Vine’ back in 2017 and that while he was running Innerspace VR, an immersive entertainment studio.
The hugely popular Vine was shut down just four years after being purchased by Twitter and has since left a void in the lives of short-form video makers who have had to move to other services like Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube. Other services like Tik Tok and Musical.ly have sprung up in its wake, but none of them have truly met the mark.
our new looping video app is called byte. launching spring 2019 pic.twitter.com/C3FMvkcIwc
— dom hofmann (@dhof) November 8, 2018
Hoffman stated on Twitter early on in the development process that Byte, formerly known as v2, would be funded by himself and that forums for discussion would be kept open. The project was indefinitely suspended in May of this year but picked up again after a few months. Despite its inner workings still being up in the air, Vine fans are hoping that the 6-second videos that shaped online discourse and “Internet culture” will make a comeback in a big way.