One year later, Vine was officially a goner. There were a couple half-hearted attempts to make things right for Viners, so they didn’t just lose all of their content. In 2017, the app rebranded to “Vine Camera.” The app allowed users to make looping videos, but there was no more posting within Vine—just saving to your phone or sharing on Twitter. The company also came out with an Internet archive of all Vine videos that had ever been published—but eventually, that shut down, too.
In 2018, Kroll tragically died of an accidental drug overdose. Not long before passing, he had partnered with his fellow co-founder Yusupov to launched the viral live game show app HQ Trivia (remember that?). Around the same time, news spread that co-founder Hoffman would be creating a new Vine, originally called V2, before changing the name to Byte (not to be confused with ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok).
After three years of a beta testing, Byte officially launched in 2020. Then, in 2021, another short-form video app called Clash acquired Byte, and both platforms merged into a single app called Clash (which is still around!). Fun fact: The co-founder and CEO of Clash, Brendon McNerney, was also a vine creator.
So, that's what happened to the beloved app! Now excuse us while we watch Vine compilations on YouTube.