Blow out the candles and make a wish, Vine — you're 1 year old today. Just make sure it all happens within six seconds.
The Twitter-owned application launched on Jan. 24, 2013. In its first incarnation, Vine allowed users to film a six-second clip with the ability to pause and start again for the duration. Since its release, the app has expanded to allow access to a phone's camera roll for saving clips for a later date.
The software is marking its one-year anniversary with a collection of some of the most popular vines — some outrageous, others hilarious, and even one that is presidential. A few users sing a melody, others film their kids, and of course celebrities also use the platform to (over)share what is going on in their lives.
After all, if not for Vine, how else would we know that Grammy-nominated rapper Macklemore set off the fire alarm in his hotel at 2 a.m. because of burnt popcorn?
"We introduced Vine because we wanted to make it easier for people to create and share videos from a device we almost always have with us: our phone," the company wrote on its blog. "Since then, you've shown time and again that video can bring us together in new and profound ways."
The compilation is hosted on Vine's website. That site has also expanded with the application in the past year. "Vine-rs" are now able to sign on in a browser and view, like, and share clips from friends. Previously this was available only through the application, which had been developed for iOS and later Android.
Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll founded the company in June 2012, with Twitter acquiring Vine the following October. In August 2013, Vine announced that it had surpassed 40 million users.
One of the handful of Vine stories we covered last year was our favorite, and might just be the most cringe-worthy of all- the Apple Store Freak Out. It's below.
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