Vine's incessantly looping time on our gadgets is coming to an end.
Twitter announced on Thursday that it would shut down its ancillary video attachment in the coming months. Word is that the platform can't generate enough revenue to stay afloat in the long term, competing with the likes of Facebook, which owns Instagram, and the doom-bringer that is Snapchat.
The funereal news gives us the opportunity for a celebration of life, of sorts. So without further adieu, and in no specific order, we've put together 10 of the best Dallas-centric Vine loops in the platform's short run.
1. Dallas' Nick Jonas knows his vowels. (6.2 million loops)
2. Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez reads a mean tweet. (5.7 million loops)
Celebrities read their own mean tweets on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live for two reasons: to bring to light social media trolling-turned-hate-speech, and to show they have a sense of humor about themselves. But in the two Selena Gomez loops above and below, which also serve the third purpose of reminding fans just how much she's grown up in the past two years, it doesn't appear she's quite got Purpose No. 2 down. Look at the dead-eyed, seething hate.
3. An even younger Selena Gomez reads a slightly more clever mean tweet (6.2 million loops)
Let the hate flow through you, young Padawan.
4. Let the weird wash over you in this Chili's-themed loop (23.4 million loops)
Chili's is the Dallas-based chain restaurant that should have ended all sit-down chain restaurants, but alas. Vine user Irham is one of many who co-opted Viner Adam Perkins' 'Hi, Welcome to Chili's' underwear meme moment into millions of loops on Vine. Ah, internet culture. This type of Vine content points to why the platform is going away, really. Its technology has been eaten and co-opted by Twitter's native app, Instagram and Snapchat, and there is simply no more room at the table.
5. U.S. Soldier's homecoming surprises family at a Maverick game (3.0 million loops)
Vine's loop numbers are, among other things, a snapshot into the weight varied social phenomena carry in the collective consciousness of folks living a connected lifestyle. A Nick Jonas spoof is worth 6 million views, a weird and off-putting, only-on-the-internet-funny clip is worth more than three times that, and a heartwarming, real (or at least well-staged) moment of family joy gets 3 million eyeballs. Yes, this is the world we live in today.
6. Rangers' pitcher Nick Martinez makes the best play on a liner up the middle, ever. (3.7 million loops)
At this point, Rangers fans probably still don't want to talk about the 2016 season after getting swept by the hated Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Divisional Series. But there are good memories, and, lucky for us, Vine has preserved what will probably be the Rangers highlight of the year. In the fifth inning of the Rangers' 5-4 win over the Angels late in the season on Sept. 20, spot starter Nick Martinez reached behind his back and robbed Andrelton Simmons of a base hit out of thin air. The disbelieving Mike Scoscia head shake could stand on its own. Thanks, Vine. Which reminds us, part of the deal with Vine going the way of the dodo is that all your loops are downloadable, and the site will be staying online, presumably so future historians can marvel at the insipidness of internet culture circa 2013-2016.
7. 49ers' Terrell Owens celebrates on the Cowboys' star, and George Teague takes him out (348K loops)
Speaking of history, here's a great moment in Cowboys history, occurring in September 2000 and documented by something called TouchdownVine. It should be noted that this moment, like several of the others, was looped by multiple users, making the actual number of people who saw this loop, from one account or another, nearly impossible to track. Probably in the first few millions.
8. Brandon Carr's helplessness and one of the first of Odell Beckham Jr.'s great catches (314K loops)
TouchdownVine had a good run in 2014, as did the Vine platform as a whole, really. Despite Brandon Carr's inability to stay with then-rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Cowboys won this Sunday Night game at the New York Giants, 31-28, on their way to the 12-4 season they look primed to repeat this year.
9. Tony Romo vs Ed Hochuli (214K loops)
Sports and well-timed comedy combine for one of those moments the internet loves to love from this 2014 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Also, 'member Tony Romo first downs? 'Member?
10. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus steals home (2.2 million loops)
DFW fell in love with Elvis Andrus for his 2016 season, but he had a Jackie Robinson-esque base stealing moment that amassed a well-deserved 2.2 million Vine loops in 2015, too. No one's highs are higher, and no one's lows are lower than Tiny-E.
So there you have it. Vine has held a small, repetitive cubby hole in our collective heart since its inception in 2013 through its announced demise on Thursday. Clearly, its kitsch was best put to use in sports, pop culture and those unexplainable WTF moments. Except now. Because you can do this on every other platform that isn't Vine.
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