Millions of fans are devastated that Vine was killed by Twitter on Oct. 27, but no one is more upset than the Vine stars themselves. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve lost hope. Jason Nash and Brittany Furlan told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY how it could be saved!
Brittany Furlan, 30, was once the most followed female on Vine and has nearly 10 million followers on the app, but she learned about it shutting down for good on Oct. 27 just like everybody else. “I actually found out on Twitter with a lot of fans tweeting at me saying it’s gone, it was really sad!” the actress told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “[Vine] didn’t say anything to me. They never really reached out and talked to me at all, though.”
Jason Nash, 42, who’s movie FML was inspired by Vine, found out similarly unceremoniously. “It’s really messed up. They’re not giving us answers and we really need answers,” Jason told us. “A friend texted me a link to a story about it, they didn’t reach out or say anything!”
Despite the stars being totally blindsided by the actual shutdown, Brittany wasn’t really surprised. “It’s really sad but honestly I can’t say that I didn’t see it coming,” said the top Viner. “Vine was like an old friend that was on life support for a really long time and Twitter finally pulled the plug on it.” However, Jason felt the opposite. “It’s dropped off a lot for sure but I was still growing on there, getting over a million loops… I guess it wasn’t enough.”
One thing they can both agree on? That this probably won’t be the last we see of Vine. “Something will happen with [Vine] or someone will buy it,” said Jason, “but it will never be the same.” Brittany agrees. “I really think that someone will come in and buy it and save it,”she said of the app. “I think someone will and honestly I think that Twitter may have done this just to get some attention for it and maybe get some of the money back that they spent on it because they lost a lot.”
Twitter allegedly spent $30 million on Vine in 2012, but they struggled to find a way to make the app lucrative. That’s stunning to Jason, who says “They just couldn’t get it together. Why couldn’t they just put a BMW ad every 5 Nash Grier loops? It’s just not that hard. I’d have found a way if it were me. They didn’t even try.”
Top creators like Brittany also became frustrated that Vine wouldn’t pay them for bringing tons of traffic to the site, so they called it quits. “I haven’t posted a Vine in months,” said Brittany. “Honestly most of us moved on a while ago.” Jason credits this mass exodus as the main reason for the failure. “It was going really good for me. I’m like a tier down but the top creators, they wanted to be paid, and when Vine said no they walked,” he explained. “They had a meeting and they’re like ‘we’re done.’ It was overnight. They were gone.”
And unfortunately, if nothing is done to save the app his followers will be too. “I have 2.7 million followers that are going to be deleted. Just gone. They don’t transfer to Twitter or anything. I’m screwed. That’s how disposable this time is that we’re living in. It’s a real sign of technology people not being entertainment people and entertainment people not being technology people.” You can check out Jason’s movie about social media, FML, right here.
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