It’s been a week since we said our last goodbyes to Vine as we once knew it; but in that time, the folks behind it have still been very busy. While the app has been repurposed into a pretty redundant camera, the original website has been preserved as an archive. It’s been given a new look and new functionality, that’s completely deserving of our favourite old 6-second clips.
Scroll on for a walkthrough on what to expect from the new and improved desktop Vine…
So the first thing you’ll see when returning to Vine is this: a quick blurb, with four big buttons for each year Vine was active (was it really only four?!). The highlighted words link you to a playlist of highlights from each genre; while the year buttons show you curated selection of the top Vines from each year. It’s a great way to find some of the best (and funniest) clips the site ever had to offer.
Scrolling further down the page reveals the Highlights section; where you can browse old Vines by genre. We especially appreciate that they’ve included a “Weird” category; because we’ll never stop looking at that…
Vine had a dedicated editorial team in its run; staff responsible for featuring their top picks on the app’s main feed. But their work isn’t done – they have a whole section on the homepage which curates their old favourites.
Lastly on the homepage is “Playlists”; and honestly, this might be our favourite bit. Because here, Vines aren’t grouped by genre or year – they’re grouped by f*cking memes. Expect to see every “Yeet”, every “WHAT ARE THOSE” and every Carly Rae Jepsen music edit you could ever desire, all in one place.
Vine might be gone, but this redesign is the most fitting tribute to its brief years at the top of the online video game. This archive is proof that there was once a thriving community here, full of its own quirks, in-jokes and memes; a community that changed the face of the internet forever.