Twitter announced the shuttering of its 6-second video service Vine a couple of days ago, and news of its demise was met with sadness and disappointment. It wasn’t long for this earth—you can’t really advertise anything on a 6-second video, but you can definitely use those seconds to produce some really funny things.
Vine may no longer be accepting new video uploads, but the classics remain. The platform served as a factory for some of the Internet’s funniest video memes that will far outlast the service.
Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” is the perfect drummable song. Dr. House did it once on the TV show, and so have many others. What could be more adorable than having a puppy do it?
Much like everyone who used Vine daily, this cat didn’t see it coming.
Vines included mash-ups of movies with hilarious results.
And mash-ups of music videos and different Vines.
Vine also featured real-life reenactments of scenes from movies and TV shows.
Vine was the perfect place to upload quick pranks that wouldn’t have survived on YouTube.
Viners could overlay sound effects over videos that only looked mildly amusing, elevating them to a new form of comedy.
Vines range from the completely absurd, like this video of t-rex heads singing the tune to Linkin Park’s Crawling.
Vine was also a great place for musicians to offer shoutouts to fruit.
This convict knew what was up.
Vine was also great for sharing humiliating instances of celebrities and musicians goofing up during their performances. One Direction’s Harry Styles tripping and falling while dancing with a microphone stand is something he’ll never live down.
Politicians were not spared the wrath of Viners. Vic Burger IV amassed a huge following for his political mashups. The air horn makes it.
Journalists were equally lambasted by Viners quick to upload videos of their mistakes.
And then there are some videos that just defy explanation, like this one with Alex Jones.
Serious drinking problems were exposed--no doubt a prescient reflection on how many of the platform’s “Vine Stars” will cope after hearing the news of its end.
Of course, performances like these didn’t help the Vine.
Unfortunately, the simplicity of its use also led to instances of stolen content going viral. The Duck Army wasn’t popular when it was first put on Instagram, and only gained virality after it was lifted and re-uploaded. It shows a hand pressing a toy duck, only to press upon dozens of them seconds later.
With any luck, another service Vine will show up and fill in the niche so we’ll be saying “Damn Daniel” not long from now.