In the midst of the surprising news on Thursday that Twitter is shutting down Vine, its short video service, a lot of users are understandably concerned about whether or not their Vines will stay up after the site shuts down. Although the company released very few details explaining the discontinuation of the site (which will happen in the "coming months") in their official post on Medium, they did assure users that measures are being taken to protect not only user's personal Vines, but Vines that are already existing on the internet.
"Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way," said the company in a blog post. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website."
Bustle has reached out to Twitter for further information regarding the reasons behind the shutdown and the approximate date users will know more about when the site will be discontinued, and Twitter has confirmed that the information on the post is all that is available to users at present.
As for further protecting your Vines, if you want to be super cautious, the company has assured users that they will be able to download their own Vines for safekeeping. They will remain visible on the site after the discontinuation, although users will not be able to upload any additional Vines after that time. Users will also be able to see other people's Vines made prior to the shut down, which will reportedly remain up. Essentially, nothing is "disappearing" — the difference is that content creation will cease after a certain date, which has not yet been released. Twitter says they will be updating as more information comes in from their blog post on Medium and their Twitter account.