Vine Shuts Down After “Rickroll”

Who knew that even today, the power of Rickroll would remain effective on the Internet? The bait-and-switch Internet meme, which has tricked millions of people since its inception in 2007, has caused Vine video-sharing app to shut down temporarily after one user was able to upload the full music video of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

Will Smidlein, a 16-year-old Web developer from Cleveland, uploading all 3 minutes, 33 seconds of the 1980s pop music video instead of the usual six seconds that Vine strictly enforces. He was able to do so after tinkering on Vine’s programming code.

“I think I broke Vine,” Smidlein tweeted last Monday.

The crash happened after Vine released its Android version. Smidlein, who had experiece in developing Android apps, was able to translate the app’s code before turning it into a readable format. From there, he tinkered on the section where users are allowed to upload videos.

Smidlein declined to reveal how he was able to bypass the six-second limit, adding that he never intended to share his prank to the public.

“Honestly, it was just for my friends and the people who follow me on Twitter and Vine,” Smidlein said in an interview with The Verge.

He admitted that he received a Direct Message from a Twitter engineer, telling Smidlein to take the video down, which he did. However, the video became viral by that time. The teenager tweeted apologies to the engineers several times.

Rickroll began when one clever individual posted a link that claimed to be the preview of the much-awaited “Grand Theft Auto IV” video game. Many people clicked the link and, surprise, witnessed something else instead.

Source: The Verge, via CNN

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