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Don’t read too far into this: I love and miss Vine just as much as the next guy. I am honestly unsure if I’ll ever be the same after the first time I heard “look at this graAaaAaaaaph.”
But if we’re being honest with ourselves, TikTok has more than managed to fill the void in our hearts that Vine left behind. Here’s why:
The days of FR E SH A VOCA DO are behind us. No longer are we infinitely scrolling through 6 second clips. We’ve evolved. Our attention span has expanded. I’ve legitimately made entire recipes straight from TikTok. I’ve heard full, detailed, and elaborate story times from TikTok. Vine could never.
TikTok is definitely watching. But I don’t really mind. After spending more time than I’d like to admit scrolling, I’m getting the most perfectly tailored content to my sense of humor, interests, and identity. The algorithm is probably a little eerie, but it’s truly drawing me to content I never knew I needed.
Actual Informative Content
Gen Z has gotten immensely creative when it comes to delivering lots of information in a short amount of time, and I must admire it. From protest mobilization to voter registration dates, TikTok (whether consciously or not) is lending young people space to share valuable and informative content through a bite-sized platform. Vine simply couldn’t deliver that experience.
If you haven’t seen “tik toks that radiate the same energy as vines,” do yourself a favor. Creators are still delivering the same chaotic energy we know and love, and the platform is certainly an adequate replacement for Vine in its humor aspect.
Still though, RIP Vine. I just can’t quote TikToks in the same way.
Would you resurrect Vine even if it meant we’d lose TikTok?