on Byte vs. TikTok


Art by Desmond Kisida

Desmond Kisida

The well-known video hosting mobile app, Vine, shut down in December 2016. Users on Vine created six-second-long, looping videos and shared them for the world to enjoy. Vine had been declining in active users, mostly because of a new video social network app, Musical.ly. Musical.ly featured 15 second to one minute videos, live streaming and songs and sounds that could be added to videos. 

In November 2017, the Chinese company ByteDance acquired Musical.ly and absorbed it into a new app, TikTok. Since then, TikTok has become a phenomenon to Gen-Zers and reached around 60 million monthly active users in the US.

The creators of Vine have resurrected the social network, calling it, Byte. The app is exactly like its predecessor, including a page to see popular videos with numerous views and likes and a page to view videos from just the people you follow. The app still has the six-second video length limit that Vine is notorious for.[vc_text_separator title=”TikTok or Vine?” color=”custom” accent_color=”#2bb673″]

Eliana Snyder, sophomore


Khalib Brodie, junior


Megan Phaup, senior

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Joan Qwon, freshman


Megan Phaup, senior

[/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner]What were your favorite Vines? Let us know in the comments below.