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Twitter Is Killing Off Vine: Here’s Where to Go Instead

Nancy Messieh 23-11-2016

Now that the dust has settled over Twitter’s decision to shutter Vine Twitter Is Killing Vine, Letting Instagram Win Twitter is killing Vine, with the social media company shuttering the short-form video-sharing service for unknown reasons. Rest in Peace. Read More , it’s time to start thinking about where Vine users are going to end up once the service shuts down. It’s still not clear when Vine is actually going to halt operations, and rumors of a potential buyer may save the service, but in the meantime, it would be wise to save all your videos, and think about where you want to go next.


The first thing you’re probably going to want to do is save your Vine videos How To Save Vine Videos For Offline Viewing Twitter set a six-second limit on videos uploaded to Vine. It won't even take you that long to download Vine videos. Read More . There are several ways to do this.

How to Batch Save Your Vine Videos

To batch save your Vine videos, you’re likely going to have to import them into another online platform. That is unless Twitter decides to give users that option.


  • Coub — Coub is offering Vine users the ability to import not only all their videos, but their likes and followers as well. Essentially, Coub is attempting to snap up all of Vine’s users. As Coub points out, the more people who migrate from Vine to Coub, the more of the original community will be saved. Go to to start the process. More information on how Coub compares to Vine can be found later in this article.

How to Save Your Vines One at a Time

While options for batch saving your Vines are few and far between, there are plenty of ways to save your videos one by one.

  • Save to Your Computer — It’s old school and it’s slow, but one way you can selectively save the Vine videos of your choice is to open up your Vine account in a browser, right-click the video you want to save, and choose Save Video As. You can then choose where to save the video on your computer. (It will save the video to your computer as an mp4 file.)
  • QQ — If you want more control over the quality of your video, add qq to the beginning of the url. For example, if your Vine video is at this address ( you would put ( in your browser. You can then choose from two high quality and one low quality files to download.


  • VineDownloader — Sites like VineDownloader and Vine Video Download (no longer available) also make it easy (but tedious) to download your vines. Paste the URL of your vine into the service and they will generate a download button.

Now that you know how you can save your Vine videos, here’s where you can go in the future instead.

Alternative 1: Instagram

Instagram is the one social network that probably stands the gain the most from Vine shutting down. Instagram videos The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know Another major update seen in Instagram since it was acquired by Facebook is the addition of Video updates in June. Are you using Instagram video? Do you know how to shoot a good one? Everything... Read More can be anywhere from 3 to 60 seconds long, so if you want to stay true to your original Vine style, you can always choose to limit yourself to the six seconds that you’re used to. On Instagram, however, you can take advantage of a feature that didn’t exist on Vine — adding filters to your videos.

Instagram is one of the most viable alternatives to Vine because of its already existing and active user base, and because, like Vine, it operates primarily as a social media network rather than just a vehicle to post video content. Vine users might also like Instagram’s app Boomerang (available for iOS and Android) which you can use to create looping videos out of 10 photos.


If you’re just getting started on Instagram, be sure to check out our tips for Instagram newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More .

So how does Instagram compare with Vine’s features? Check out the list below:

Alternative 2: Coub

As we mentioned earlier, you can import all of your Vine videos, followers, and likes into Coub. You have to sign up for a Coub account first after which you can begin the process. The Coub interface looks a lot like an older version of Twitter.


Coub users can upload looped videos that are up to 10 seconds long. The videos can be uploaded directly through your browser, can be filmed using a webcam, or you can even paste a link from online videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and more. You can make edits to the video through the Coub interface, add music to your video, and add hashtags to your post so that other users can easily find your videos.

To find out more about how Coub works, check out the video below:

Coub is as strong a contender as Instagram for Vine users looking for a new home. In terms of features and video style, it is the closest to Vine because it limits the video (in this case to ten seconds), and like Vine, the videos loop.

  • Video Limit: 10 seconds
  • Looping Videos: Yes
  • Followers: Yes
  • Likes: Yes
  • View Counts: Yes
  • Reshare Videos on Your Account: Yes
  • Embed: Yes
  • Platform: iOS, Android, and Web (for sharing and viewing)

Alternative 3: Periscope

Vine users might be understandably gun-shy about going to another Twitter platform, but there are several reasons to join Periscope. 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Periscope Now With so many different social networks, it's difficult to know where to put your energy. But there are plenty of great reasons why you should give Periscope a go. Here are a few. Read More Available for both iOS and Android users, Periscope also plugs in to your existing Twitter following making it easy to share videos and cultivate a following, much the same way Vine did at first.

Where Periscope differs quite significantly from Vine is that it does not appear to have any time limits on videos. More importantly, Periscope forces you to broadcast live to your audience. This is a feature that is not going to appeal to everyone, especially those who were careful to craft the perfect six-second video using Vine’s editing features.

  • Video Limit: None
  • Looping Videos: No
  • Followers: Yes
  • Likes: Yes
  • View Counts: Yes (live and total)
  • Reshare Cideos on Your Account: No
  • Embed: Yes (by embedding a tweet with the Periscope link)
  • Platform: iOS, Android, and Web

Alternative 4: Snapchat

Another alternative to Vine with an existing user base is Snapchat. The popular social network allows users to publicly share Stories Snapchat Stories vs. Instagram Stories: What's the Difference? At first glance Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are very similar, but there are a couple key differences that mean they aren't interchangeable. You'll want to avoid a social media faux pas! Read More  (a feature also available on Instagram). Stories are a series of video clips that are up to 10 seconds long each — but they won’t be on your profile for longer than 24 hours.

You can save your Snapchat videos 9 Snapchat Tips & Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About Snapchat is a really powerful app, yet you’re probably still unaware of half of what it does. Most adults don’t realize Snapchat art, geofilters and captions are even a thing. Read More to your phone to post on other sites like YouTube or you can save them in your Snapchat Memories How to Use Snapchat Memories: Everything You Need to Know Snapchat Memories is a key component of Snapchat, but do you know how to use the feature effectively? Read More within the app where only you can view them.

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for an alternative to Vine, Snapchat offers the community but doesn’t have the added benefit of creating an impressive catalog of videos that can be viewed at any time. You can also use all of Snapchat filters on your videos.

  • Video Limit: 10 seconds
  • Looping Videos: No
  • Followers: Yes
  • Likes: Yes
  • View Counts: Yes
  • Reshare Videos on Your Account: No
  • Embed: No
  • Platform: iOS and Android

Out of all of these options, Coup and Instagram are likely to gain the most out of the Vine shutdown, with Snapchat running a distant third. Periscope, by virtue of being a Twitter product itself, and one that is meant for live streamed rather than edited video is unlikely to gain much traction among users burnt by the Vine shutdown.

Where do you plan to take your Vine videos? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Online Video, Vine.

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