Vine Returns to SLA… As a Game Show

Jayla Wright

Staff Writer

It’s been a little over a year since Vine was shut down by Twitter. Vine was an app where people could share and upload videos. What had made Vine stood out was that all of the uploaded videos looped and were six seconds long .

On December 6, 2017 the co-founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann, tweeted an image of the Vine 2 logo along with the caption “v2”. Hofmann has hinted at a possible successor to Vine in the past when he stated, “I’m going to work on a follow-up to Vine.”

Fans of the video sharing app were thrilled over the news and Hofmann’s tweet of the Vine 2 logo received over 190,000 retweets.

As proof of SLA students loving the app, Senior Wes Midgett has created Vine Jeopardy.

The game involves a Jeopardy template filled with Vine references. Midgett says the questions “start and end with a statement, usually the beginning and end of one whole statement from a vine.” For example, a question could be “Hurricane katrina more like…” with the answer being “Hurricane tortilla.”

According to Midgett, Vine Jeopardy was started because it was something fun that all students could enjoy. Vine’s relatability and its ability to easily be referenced also was a factor.

Unfortunately, Vine Jeopardy has not been receiving much of a response due to a low amount people showing up to meetings, differences in known vines, and conflicts in Midgett’s schedule. Midgett states the first meeting, “Was really fun.” So hopefully Vine Jeopardy will get better reception in possible meetings in the future.

Why the devotion to a defunct app?

Junior Deja Winfield says “It’s a distraction from the badness in the world. It’s a way to make myself laugh during the darkest and hardest of times.”

Vine was innovative because gave a platform to those who could be funny in a restricted time slot.

“A lot of us aren’t funny, but we have our quick worded things or just us trying to make somebody laugh for even the shortest periods of time.” stated Winfield. “To see a smile on somebody’s face does change a person’s aspect on life.”

Vine has created a culture where people bond over their shared knowledge of the six second videos.

Junior Taylor Green said, “People have made a bunch of vine threads on Twitter. They’re like ‘Here’s some of my favorite Vines’ and it’s 50 posts about all these vines that they used to watch.”

Green is referring to the compilations of vines that appeared Twitter and YouTube.

“It’s referenced in everyday life. You could literally look at something and be reminded of a Vine that you watched.” continued Green.

“It impacted our humor. It’s like stupid humor but it’s hilarious for dumb reasons.” Junior Lauren Nicolella stated.

“Certain stuff you just have to know it’s from vine or else it just doesn’t make sense. And I feel like that’s a really big impact on our generation. It’s not even like you sit there and memorize them it’s just like you’ve seen them so much and you’ve also just like been able to remember it because it’s just so iconic that it just sticks in your mind.”

The reincarnation of Vine will hopefully ignite its culture that has united its viewers in the past. SLA students are definitely ready for its return.  

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