Story by Karli Saffron
Graphic by Sydney Fairman
It was just three years ago when Vine, the six-second looping video app, was flourishing with 40 million users. People from every walk of life were sharing six seconds of their lives through “vines”. Whether they were funny, artsy, musical or just completely random, users could find themselves entertained for hours on end.
The beloved app came to an unexpected end when the company stated on Oct. 27, 2016 that, “in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.”
On Jan. 17, the app officially went dark.
During its reign, Vine opened a big door for many of its most popular “viners” to achieve great success measured in likes, comments and “revines.” But now, a few questions remain: what happened to our favorite “famous” viners? Are they still famous? Will we ever see them again? Where are they?
Brittany Furlan was one of Vine’s funny ladies. Since being discovered on the app, Furlan has landed a TV deal for a female-driven sketch comedy series, where famous comedian Seth Green will be working alongside her. She can also be seen on Debra Messing’s TV police-drama “The Mysteries of Laura” (2014-2016) and Zac Efron’s movie, “We Are Your Friends” (2015).
Nick Colletti is a producer, rapper and internet sensation who can thank his 1.9 million followers on Vine for where he is now. Going by the stage name of “Yung Turd”, Colletti has joined Getter, a music producer and DJ from Los Angeles. Since getting together, the two have gone on a 40 city bus tour following Getter’s newest EP, “Wat The Frick”.
Devon (aka @leathershirts)
Devon, widely known as @leathershirts, is a total comedic personality, who had over 300,000 followers by the time Vine had “died”. Luckily, Devon is now on Youtube under the same username where you can see the then-Vine star making at-home videos, which is bound to bring laughter to any viewers day.
Cody Ko is the Vine sensation best known for his viral hashtag #6secondauditions. During his time on Vine he accumulated more than 2.8 million followers. The Viner can now be seen in the Soundcloud podcast, “Zall Good” and the web commentary series, “GOAT Rodeo”. To really get your Cody Ko fix, you can catch up on all the laughs on his YouTube channel.
Evan Breen, a local Viner from southeast Michigan, credits the app for allowing him to be funny and show comedic relief. He plans on potentially pitching a TV show pilot, generating more sketch comedy or even possibly returning to his alma mater of Western Michigan University to finish his undergraduate degree.
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