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Vine — Twitter’s “Little Video App That Could” — Continues to Grow

littleengineSeems like Vine’s user growth hasn’t shown signs of stopping.

The Twitter-owned video-sharing application announced a new set of user numbers on Tuesday afternoon, saying that the app is now home to 40 million people. That’s an increase of 27 million people over the course of just two and a half months, and a welcome bump for the Twitter and Vine teams, given the concern about how Instagram’s new video product would affect Vine’s momentum.

Before all the breathless congratulations, there’s one important distinction to make here: That’s 40 million registered users, not monthly actives — an industry-standard metric that Facebook first started long ago. Apps today live and die by their MAU number, and it would be nice if Vine gave us that.

To be fair, it has been less than three months since Vine announced 13 million registered accounts on June 4, so any MAU number may not be drastically different from a registered-accounts number.

But who knows how many folks dropped off the platform since its January launch, or especially since Instagram launched its video feature on June 20?

This is what we know: Vine hasn’t stopped growing since Instagram video launched — folks keep installing and registering for it at a fast pace. But how many people still use it regularly, and how often?

Perhaps we’ll get that number come the next update.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work