As anyone with an internet connection is aware of by now, Twitter has ended its video sharing site, Vine. News outlets are reacting in different ways. NBC is taking a look at what “Vine Stars” will do now; CNN is speculating if this is the death knell for Twitter itself.
There have been two reactions by the public to this decision:
Social Media addicts are outraged over their beloved platform’s brutal murder.
Ant-viners, from Luddites to those who simply don’t like it, are saying good riddance.
Many in both these camps are united in one thing – surprise. Should we, in 2016, still be surprised by the sinking of an “unsinkable” ship? CNN points out that other companies offer a better version of the same service. An earlier blog post discusses this in greater detail.
At the end of the day, Twitter is just a company. If a car company can’t make cars people will buy, it goes out of business. Ford doesn’t make Model Ts and Pintos anymore; it evolved and changed with the times. If a clothing company stopped making fashionable clothing, would anyone bat an eye when it closed? Social media companies are still companies, and like all companies, they must evolve; after all capitalism, like life, is survival of the fittest.