Vine used to be all the rage a few years ago. The app enabled users to upload 6-second videos and that led to people creating some very interesting and funny content that stuck to that very short time limit. Vine was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but the microblogging network didn’t really give it the kind of support that it needed, particularly at a time when Instagram moved into the space with its video offering. Vine was eventually shut down by Twitter but we now know that Vine’s co-founder Dom Hofmann has been working on a successor and it will be launched this summer.
Hofmann had announced his intentions in November last year about building a Vine successor which will be called v2. The app won’t be called Vine 2 because Twitter still owns Vine and is not associated with this project and Hofmann doesn’t want to get sued.
As far as the app’s functionality is concerned, he says that “Some things will be very familiar to people who have used vine, but what we’re planning is equally an homage, follow-up, remake, and brand new thing.”
v2 will let users record videos from 2 to 6.5 seconds in length and they will loop smoothly over and over. The videos can either be captured using the camera or uploaded from the gallery. Initially, the app won’t offer any face, color or geo filters.
TechCrunch reports that Hofmann has been reached out to former popular Vine users and social media star managers to get some top social media content creators on the platform before v2 is eventually launched. Hofmann says that v2 is going to be released this year, possibly in the summer.