Launched and subsequently acquired by Twitter in 2012, Vine has been a valuable outlet for many creatives. The service that let you post your life in six second chunks announced its closure in October, and now it’s finally moving onto the next step in its evolution. Vine will not go away completely, but it will become a camera app. With 200 million active users before its end, users can now publish their short clips straight to Twitter.
Today, though, is the last day that users have to be able to download their Vine videos from the site. So, if you don’t have your clips backed up safely already, you’ll want to hurry. They’ll all be disappearing very soon. Vine haven’t stated the exact hour or timezone that this option will finish, though. While the site says the downloads are only available until the 17th, today is the 18th where I am, and the option is still there.
You can download from the link over at the Vine website, or you can do it from within the iOS and Android apps. Use the “Save Videos” button on your profile page to select vines and then download them to your camera roll.
With other services like Snapchat and Instagram Stories, it’s not surprising that Vine’s days were numbered. It’s also not surprising that Twitter wants to integrate Vine into their main platform. That’s essentially what the new app will do. You can shoot as you always did, then post straight to Twitter instead of Vine.