Vine is a video sharing social network - also referred to as a
micro-blogging service - that was founded by three individuals:
- Colin Kroll
- Dom Hofmann
- Rus Yusupov
Vine was launched on the 24th of January, 2013; it was launched
as a mobile application for the Apple iPhone, and, later for Android
enabled mobile phones. Vine's popularity grew rapidly, and it is
generally accepted to be most popular (2015) video sharing app.
Vine allows user to upload six-second video clips, which can then
be shared with friends on social networking websites like Facebook
and Twitter. Vine describe their service as being "The best
way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping
videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.".
Due to it's similarity to Twitter - which allows users to post
140 character messages vignettes - it is not surprising that Twitter
purchased the company from it's founders. What is more surprising
is that Twitter purchased Vine before it was launched. Twitter purchased
Vine in October 2012, and launched the service in 2013; it is unclear
whether Twitter changed the original features and aspects of Vine.
Colin Kroll, Dom Hofmann, and Rus Yusupov, founded Vine in New York
city - two of the founders previously worked at a travel website:
JetSetter - and, it is believed that they sold Vine for about thirty
million dollars. Vine is not the only video sharing service, some
of Vine's primary competitors are: Keek, Viddy, Vyclone, and Tout.