Of course not—that’s just a sensational, irresponsible headline. It is rather fun, however, to see people wring their hands about what it means that an app added a feature. “But will it be better than Vine?” some want to know. Look, you’ve had Vine for all of, like, two weeks. Okay? Relax.
Anyway, with Instagram owned by Facebook and Vine a Twitter development, it’s only natural to want this to be the beginning of an apocalyptic war of attrition between both social media platforms: the ultimate struggle for the attentions of people bored at work. Instagram has filters and will let you record up to fifteen seconds of video, but Vine loops your footage into a hypnotizing GIF of sorts. Clearly one is superior, but which?
Eventually humans will be divided into two camps: the Zuckerbergians, and the…wait, who invented Twitter again? Never mind, don’t care. The point I’m trying to make is that a time is coming when all of us will have to choose sides. Or just use both platforms. Or wait for one to buy the other for $5.8 billion shortly before going obsolete and bankrupt. The future can be hard to predict that way.