The time has come to bid farewell to the Vine app. The Vine team has come up with an official date of when they are pulling the plug on the Vine app. Come 17th January, latter on this month, the Vine app will be discontinued. The Vine app will transition and become the Vine Camera which is a pared-down version of the current app.
“On January 17 the Vine app will become the Vine Camera. We will notify you through the app before this happens. The Vine Camera will allow you to make 6.5 second looping videos and post them to Twitter, or save them to your camera roll in a logged out state. You will not be able to do any of the other things you can currently do with the Vine app. Once the Vine Camera is live, you will no longer be able to download your Vines from the app.”
-via Vine Blog
With the Vine Camera, you will still be able to make 6.5 second looping videos. Then you will have the option to either post them to Twitter or save them to your camera roll. Vine is working on a feature that will allow you to connect your Vine and Twitter accounts. This is aimed at assisting your followers to find you effortlessly on Twitter. Watch out for the release of the Follow On Twitter feature.
Essentially what Vine is saying is that the company is doing away with the Vine community. The only way for you to share your new vines is via Twitter or any other social media site such as Facebook.
This is the time to go ahead and download your Vines if you have not already done so. You can download your Vines from both the iOS and Android apps or via the vine.co website. Once the Vine Camera is live, you will no longer be able to download your Vines from the app. The good thing, though, is the fact that you will still be able to access your Vines via the Vine website. The Vine website will transition to an archive of Vines that were created through the Vine app.