I started favoring public during Vine days. I got a bunch of followers and didn’t want to get into private convos with people 1/2 my age, even if it was “Give me a shoutout?” — they can comment on my public stuff. Since then, I kind of liked the peace of not dealing with PMs, IMs, DMs, VMs, etc.
They sucked but I had fun making them. I made about 15,000 of them in 3.5 yrs and gained 12,000+ followers. It was a good community. The original author is making V2 now (can’t call it Vine2 because Twitter) and I’m looking forward to it. Nothing replaced it for short looping things. Perfect for memes.