Elon Musk Polls Twitter Followers About Bringing Back Vine

Twitter acquired the short video service in 2012, before shutting it down in 2017.

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Could Vine grow back?

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Elon Musk's short reign as chief twit has been eventful. The billionaire businessman closed a deal Thursday to buy the social media company. By Monday, he'd already fired top executives, revamped the home page, tweeted and then deleted misinformation and floated the possibility of charging for Twitter verification

And now, he's asking his followers if he should bring back Vine, the short-video service that Twitter purchased in 2012 before its official launch in 2013, but then shut down in 2017

In a Sunday night tweet, Musk wrote "Bring back Vine?" with a poll offering a binary yes or no choice. As of Monday morning, the poll has over 3 million responses, and nearly 70% want the service to return.

Vine was one of the first social networks to focus on short-form user-created videos. Vine videos were limited to six seconds and were particularly popular with teens and young adults.

Social media sites like Snapchat and Instagram have since successfully integrated video into their platforms, while TikTok is comprised solely of user-generated videos. 

A new version of Vine would face stiff competition. TikTok has over a billion active users a month, while Instagram boasts over 2 billion users