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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Cleveland Teen Broke Vine With a Rick Astley Rickroll

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM


Vine: That quasi-addictive app that only lets you upload 6 seconds of video.

Unless you're Will Smidlein, a 16-year-old Cleveland-area web developer.

Because yesterday, the same day that Vine became available on Android, Smidlein somehow got around the technological 6-second limitation on Vine and uploaded the full "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley video.

He Rickrolled Vine to the tune of three and a half minutes.

After his little stunt, the logistics of which he declined to specify when interviewed by The Verge, got traction among his friends, it went viral and quickly got noticed by Twitter engineers who DMed him to remove the video.

The nitty gritty explanation:

Smidlein has experience developing for Android, and when Vine came out today on the platform he decompiled the app. He then re-created portions of the Vine API that enable users to create posts, add titles, and insert thumbnail images. From there, Smidlein downloaded the "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video. Using methods he declined to describe until the Vine app is patched, he posted the file to the app's servers. And suddenly, the six-second video app was hosting an infinitely looping, three-and-a-half-minute Astley classic.


Honestly, it was just for my friends and the people who follow me on Twitter and Vine," he said in an interview. His efforts to share the post with friends were stymied when Twitter went down earlier in the day. A friend wound up finding the post in Vine and tweeting it out on Smidlein's behalf.


For more, check out the full story at The Verge.

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