- Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann announced a public beta for his Vine follow-up app.
- Hofmann is currently taking signups on the V2 website.
- We do not know when invites will be sent out.
Vine fans had plenty of reason to rejoice in December 2017, when Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann teased a follow-up to the popular app that Twitter shut down in January 2017. Hofmann’s announcement of a lack of backing money in May threatened to derail those plans, however.
The happy times are back for Vine fans, however, thanks to an announcement on the forums that a public beta for the Vine follow-up is currently in the works.
According to Hofmann, all you need to do is respond to the thread with the device you currently use and anything else you want to share. Hofmann will then add you to the first public beta once it goes live, with beta users also getting an in-app badge or reward.
Hofmann did not say when invites would be sent out, though he said new forum members would likely not receive invites. Anyone who registered their profile before the post was published is eligible to receive an invite.
On Twitter, Hofmann dove a bit more into the app and said he continues to work on it because he “loved Vine and [wants] to see things through in another permutation.” Hofmann also said the follow-up to Vine no longer carries the V2 name and will, instead, be named something else.
i am continuing to work personally on a follow up to vine. it’s turning out well and will not be called v2.i sincerely apologize and totally understand if these tweets have been annoying (or worse) to you. today’s tweets will be the last about it until i share concrete details.— dom hofmann (@dhof) October 8, 2018
Lastly, Hofmann said that his team still plans to update the social app Peach. The app has not seen an update in over two years, however, so those updates would likely be very substantial.
As for the Vine follow-up, we will have to wait and see what comes of it. Vine was an incredibly popular app when it first launches and even kicked off the careers of people like King Bach, Logan Paul, Lele Pons, and many others. With over one thousand comments on Hofmann’s thread, there also seems to be at least some interest in the sequel.
YouTube has grown even more since Vine’s demise, however. There is also the problem of monetization, a problem that forced Vine to be sold to Twitter in the first place before the latter shuttered the former. Whether the same issue pops up in the sequel, or whether it will even capture any amount of mindshare, is to be seen.