Memes have become our go-to place if we want to feel better. If we are feeling down, then we simply open Reddit or another site that hosts memes most of the time, and we browse a bit, to find something to make us laugh.
There used to be a great site once called Vine, which was popular for a period of time, that had many jokes and fun short videos. The videos made us laugh, cringe or be in shock, but we felt something. With Vine gone as a platform, we should look back and see why we loved it so much and what made it great.
A Creative Space for African-Americans
Vine was embraced by the Western culture, so much so that there were tons of videos posted by African-American teenagers, all the time. This was one of the first times that these young creators were given such a wide audience, and they were received very well. Given the situation in the United States, as a platform, Vine did something incredible and it did it without even trying. Short videos are great, but the content creators and the moments are what we remember and miss, obviously.
Vine Was a Musician Scout App
Vine was great on its own, but the creators were even better. Popular songs became even more popular and unknown artists got a lot of attention after Vine users started making videos that made fun out of pop songs, or rather, made them different and more entertaining. The artist would get exposure, the members would also get exposure and the music industry scouts would nod their heads and smile, knowing that they hit a gold mine.
Dancing Became More Popular
Dance challenges and dancing overall reached a really large audience through Vine. Vine was basically one of the best apps to promote art, performance art, but still art. Dancing videos and challenges got a lot of people on their feet, some of who put their dancing shoes out of commission a long time ago. When something so simple can change a person’s life, then it was a great service.
Comedy Was Reborn
Comedians always find new ways to make things work and through Vine, physical comedy was reborn. There were tons of fail videos and other intentional physical videos which made people laugh, over and over again. Some feature actual individuals who were taken unaware and made the staged part of the video even more awesome. Most of these comedians got enough exposure to continue working elsewhere.
It Connected People
Whether music and movie stars or regular people, Vine was there to extend a hand and bridge the gap between people of various social standards or fame. Stars would show their daily lives and make the audience laugh and non-famous people would make others laugh, all enjoying the connection and the sense of community.
Vine is gone now and has been since 2016, but we still have the memories and we still love it for the reasons mentioned above.