Thank you for taking the time to check out and see what vloggr.co (or vloggr) is all about, it means a lot. I figured that a forum is a great way to interact and get the message across and it's the least I could do as of now. Keep in mind that I'm in no way trying to steer the V2 community away, I'm just trying to present a different option in the case V2 doesn't return.
Vloggr isn't actually a new app. In fact, it was a side-project of mine as I was working on my own startup, Pixure. When I saw that Vine (V2) was going to be making a comeback, I basically dropped what I had been working on for Vloggr and began focusing on developing my startup. Seeing that V2 is on hiatus for an "indefinite" period of time and with summer just around the corner, I figured that I may as well give Vloggr another go.
Vloggr was never inclined to replicate Vine. It was this idea that I had which was to create something similar to microblogging, but in the form of video. I created this concept "microvlogging", where users can post multiple short (15 second) videos and speak what's on their mind. It's almost like tweeting, but in reality, it's you and your phone camera versus the audience that you may end up inspiring.
You could argue that you could probably do this with any platform (Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) already, but Vloggr is dedicated to creative use of short videos, and short videos only. Considering that V2/Vine follows a similar structure, I realized that I could easily expand the app's target audience to accumulate and adapt well to the Vine community and continue to encourage creativity.
The app actually isn't too far off from being stable and usable. I don't want to rush this and have a half-assed product available, but assuming there's enough support and encouragement, I can see the app being published to the App Store within several weeks and the Google Play Store not too long after that.
One of the main things I'd like to focus on is to give new (talented) users spotlight. In modern platforms currently dominated by celebrities, it's becoming increasingly difficult for new, underrated, users to be in the spotlight without investing a lot of money. I just disagree with the whole concept of paying your way to fame.
I also want to avoid merely replicating the design of existing apps. Some of the so-called "Vine clones" that have appeared, just take the iconic Vine (and even Instagram) design and just re-brand them as something original.
Some of the apps also use money to incentivize users to join their platform. It's a good marketing strategy, but it takes away the creativity in the content that people publish. I think what made Vine amazing was that people would just post things at their own will. It was the community and knowing that people have noticed you that made it feel rewarding.
Design is also key here. While using a familiar design is useful to the user, it takes a way the uniqueness the app presents (obviously there's a few elements in the Vine app that I'd like to preserve). I've sketched out vloggr's design, and as soon as I digitize them, I'll publish them on the home page and here for you too look at and give feedback upon.
I'd like to end off on this note: the success of vloggr is on the hands of its community. Having people interested even before we release will certainly give us a bit of a boost.
Thanks again, and enjoy your time on the forums