Elon Musk has told Twitter engineers to start work on an updated version of the Vine video app for a possible launch before the end of the year, reports Axios. Musk on Sunday tweeted a poll asking if he should bring back Vine, and 69.5% of four million respondents voted yes.
Twitter began offering the Vine video app and service back in 2013 and the app was initially quite popular. The service allowed users to capture and share six-second looping video clips. However, the app slowly became less popular in the face of numerous competitors, and Twitter shut it down in 2016.
Twitter engineers have been told to take a look the Vine code, which has not been touched since it was shut down. One source told Axios that the code “needs a lot of work.”
Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter on Friday. The billionaire ousted several top executives and installed himself as CEO of the short messaging service.
Musk tweeted “the bird is freed,” after reportedly firing several top executives, including the chief executive, Parag Agrawal, Ned Segal, chief financial officer, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety. Musk earlier changed his Twitter bio to “Chief Twit.”
Several rumors have been flying around about Musk’s plans for Twitter, and he is expected to slash the company’s workforce. On Sunday, Musk tweeted that “There seem to be 10 people ‘managing’ for every one person coding,” in response to a tweet asking him, “what’s the one thing that’s most messed up at twitter right now??”
There seem to be 10 people “managing” for every one person coding
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
This morning, multiple reports indicated that Musk plans to charge $20 per month for a verified Twitter account. Those reports have yet to be confirmed.