Vine is Gone (and why Campus Ministers Should Take Notice)

Vine, the once wildly popular video sharing app, is being shut down by its parent company, Twitter.  Twitter announced on October 27, "In the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app."

You can read the full story here.

This is a big deal.  I grew up just north of Boston and there was a clothing store chain, Bradlees.  Before Walmart moved into the area, Bradlees was king.  Today, the stores are gone.  New England Patriots fans now have to trek all the way to the nearest Walmart for their #87 jersey.  

The same with MySpace.  What's next to go away?  Meerkat?  Periscope?  Yahoo?

Some have called the death of Vine ‘A potentially devastating blow to the meme economy.’

Many campus ministry programs use Constant Contact or FlockNote for their database needs. For fundraising, eTapestry and Raiser's Edge seem to be the "big dogs" on campus.  

A word of caution- if Vine reminds us of anything it's that nothing this short of heaven is permanent.  Your data should be backed up.  The products we use should be sourced from companies that have staying power.  

Facebook is cool but don't do all of your networking via Facebook.

Same with Twitter and Instagram.  They likely won't be around in another ten years.

Great campus ministers know that the best forms of communication are found in one conversation at a time.  They realize that technology complements the face-to-face.  Let's choose our tools wisely.