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“The byte beta we’ve been running with friends and family *feels* exactly like the vine friends and family beta, down to the weird but appealing randomness of the videos. that’ll change as we expand, but it’s a pretty good sign,” Hoffman wrote on Twitter along with a preview of what to expect.
the byte beta we’ve been running with friends and family *feels* exactly like the vine friends and family beta, down to the weird but appealing randomness of the videos. that’ll change as we expand, but it’s a pretty good sign pic.twitter.com/rBbQrNtTJ7— dom hofmann (@dhof) April 22, 2019
Like Vine, users will be able to post second-long, looping videos. But the new app is set to have greater safety features in place to prevent harassment.
“Vine 2” or “V2,” which is what the app was being called before Byte, was previously put on indefinite hold in May 2018 due to “financial and legal hurdles.” But it now seems like the project is moving forward, as 100 invites for people to try it out through a beta test were just sent.
If the testing phase is any indication, Byte’s success looks promising. In 2018, people were invited to put their name on a list to try it out, and 500 people signed up in under a minute.
!...! you all are FAST. we hit 500 beta signups in under a minute. not to worry, though. we'll post more chances in the future and make sure luck/timing aren't the only factors every time.— byte (@byte_app) December 7, 2018
The 100 of the 500 selected will get to try out a few parts of the app on their iOS and Android devices.
“The very start of the beta will be narrowly focused on catching bugs and getting a mix of technical and design feedback that we can incorporate into the beta going forward,” Byte’s community liaison wrote in a community forum. “We’ll see what’s working, what’s not, and hear thoughts from our testers before moving on to the next set of sections and/or features.”
The liaison wrote that they will be letting more people from the sign-up list try out the app as time goes on.
just sent out 100 byte beta invites for our first closed test, which starts tomorrow. will expand to more testers soon— byte (@byte_app) April 22, 2019
sign up goo pic.twitter.com/nz5ZTrDkg5— dom hofmann (@dhof) April 22, 2019
Many were sad when Twitter shut down Vine in 2016. But past Vine and future Byte users are excited about the new development.
“YEEHAW this is epic,” one person wrote in the forum.
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H/T Digital Trends
Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.