Elon Musk found Vine while rummaging through the trash and wants to revive it.
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(Pocket-lint) – Elon Musk continues his reshuffle at Twitter, this time tasking engineers with investigating the possibility of bringing Vine back from the dead before the end of the year.
Vine was one of the first looping video services, but Twitter killed it in 2016. Today, Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk reportedly asked engineers to review Vine’s old code and determine what would be required to restore it to service.
Axios cites several sources that claim Vine could be ready by the end of the year, but one notes that the app “requires a lot of work” before it’s ready to use. The same report notes that Musk was already discussing Vine before the Twitter acquisition, suggesting it may not just be a knee-jerk reaction to being reminded of the video service’s existence.
But no matter how much Musk and Vine fans want him back, the short-form video landscape is vastly different than it was in 2016. TikTok rules the roost, while YouTube Shorts and Snapchat also feature on the list of main competitors of Vine.
Musk, however, seems ready to fight. When YouTube creator MrBeast brought up Vine’s comeback on Twitter, Musk responded by asking what it would take to make the service “better than TikTok.”
That’s not the only change Musk is making to Twitter, assuming Vine makes a comeback. According to another report, Musk wants to charge verified users around $20 a month for the privilege.
Written by Oliver Haslam.