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Much like Twitter focussed on short text messages, Vine brought that to videos. But Twitter is now shutting down Vine, and incorporating it as part of the micro-blogging social network.

But Vine’s demise isn’t entirely bad news. It lets you explore the several other alternatives that are around, some of which do a better job than Vine ever did. If these five apps are to be believed, Vine’s shutdown might be the best thing that happened to you.

1. Streamable (Web): Upload Any Video and Share It Anywhere

Streamable is an incredible tool that not many are using regularly. It’s one of those no-signup sites that you can use for free 15 Excellent No-Sign Up Websites for Everyday Use 15 Excellent No-Sign Up Websites for Everyday Use Do you like websites which have no sign-ups, no registerations, and no downloads? Then, you will like these hassle free web apps and sites which make daily productivity a lot easier. Read More , so as soon as you visit, you are ready to use it. Just launch it, upload your video, and share the URL or embed it anywhere. It’s kind of like a better version of YouTube or Vine.

That said, Streamable doesn’t have any of the tricks that you used on Vine. It’s as simple as it gets, with no frills. Apart from uploading, you can also capture a video via its URL. Streamable works with most popular sites for this.

2. Periscope (Web, Android, iOS): Live Stream Yourself

Another Twitter product, Periscope might be the most natural successor to Vine. The big difference is that Periscope is completely live, while Vine let you edit your video before publishing it.

With Periscope, you can start streaming live with your smartphone camera, and broadcast it to all your followers. People can tune in while you’re streaming, or watch the stream later. It can take some getting used to, but after a while, you’ll have more fun with Periscope than you ever did with Vine.

The Periscope app or website actually lets people browse people’s videos without even needing to sign up. So if Vine was about watching cool videos, you’ll enjoy this part. If you’re new to the app, we have some practical tips for Periscope newbies 10 Practical Tips for New Periscope Users 10 Practical Tips for New Periscope Users Periscope has been around for over a year now, but it's still fairly new to many users. These ten tips are easy ways to guarantee that your Periscope broadcasts stand out from the rest, and... Read More .

Download — Periscope for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

3. Coub (Web): Silly Short Videos, Made by Silly People

At its best, Vine was a social network where you browsed six-second funny videos 4 Places To Find The Best & Hottest Vine Videos 4 Places To Find The Best & Hottest Vine Videos Vine is to YouTube as Twitter is to a blog. On Vine, you're able to submit six-second video clips on the fly. What can you do in six seconds? You'd be surprised. We've covered Vine... Read More . Some were short sketches, some were real footage set to hilarious background music. The common denominator was that they went for laughs. If that’s what you crave, head over to Coub.

Granted, Coub has a much smaller base of users than Vine ever did. But it’s still entertaining and has a whole lot of content, spread across categories like movies, gaming, animals, geek, sports, and so on. The “Featured” and “Popular” sections are a good place to start, or you can browse some of the more famous channels.

Creating your own videos is an easy process, where you can add background scores and other details. Unfortunately, there is no mechanism to write text on the videos.

4. Gfycat (Web, Android, iOS): No Sound, But Everything Else Rocks

Gfycat, as the name suggests, lets you create short GIFs, the language of the internet. In some ways, it’s the ideal replacement for Vine. It has a vast array of GIFs to entertain you. The only caveat is that these videos don’t support any audio.

Right now, Gfycat has introduced an easy tool to import all your Vine videos into GIF. You’ll probably need to spend some time adding captions where required, though.

The Gfycat mobile apps are brilliant at creating short GIFs, by shooting new videos or converting old ones. You can also add emojis and captions to jazz them up.

Download — Gfycat for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

5. Dubsmash (Android, iOS): Lip Sync Over Popular Dialogues, Songs, and More

Dubsmash is the spiritual sibling of Vine, where the idea is to create short videos and have a whole lot of fun 6 Unique Apps To Blend Instagram and Music Beautifully 6 Unique Apps To Blend Instagram and Music Beautifully How you share your love of music with the Instagram community is part of your unique style, but all music lovers need to know about the following apps. Just in case. Read More . It’s not “serious video making” at all. It’s about enjoying yourself and having a good time.

Fire up the app and choose a famous movie quote or a popular song that you love. Wait for the timer and record yourself lip-syncing to it. Edit the video to fit it just right, and then upload it to your favorite social network like Instagram.

Dubsmash has a massive collection of pre-recorded quotes and music to choose from. Plus, you can browse what others have created, which is half the fun of the app.

Download — Dubsmash for Android (Free) or for iOS (Free)

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  1. iAwani
    July 13, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Vine is good, sad to see it go away. But thanks to the alternative, we can still publish short videos.

  2. Scott Edwards
    January 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    What about musical.ly?