Vine: Twitter's Video-Sharing App

Tech2Go: A new tool for Apple items lets users get creative by recording their own six-second clips.


(The Root) -- Even as someone who considers herself a tech expert, I can admit that sometimes I don't immediately see the value of every new technological advance. Such was the case when Twitter was first introduced. I had moved from MySpace to Facebook, and it wasn't clear to me right away why I'd want to be on yet another social media network, especially one where you only had 140 characters to communicate with.

Fast-forward to today, and I use Twitter almost exclusively for tech research and to get news, and I also use it pretty religiously to follow the #Scandal hashtag every Thursday. But although it may have taken me just a little extra time to see the value of Twitter, I already kind of love the new video feature Vine.

Vine is Twitter's standalone video app. It allows you to record video that is shown inline with your tweets. And in true Twitter fashion, the video can only be up to six seconds long. The app's interface will remind you of Instagram and is just as easy to use.

Once you hit the camera icon, you touch and hold the screen to record your video and release your finger to stop recording. You can do this as many times as you want in six seconds to create your super-short-form masterpiece. During viewing, the video will run on a continuous loop. Add a caption, tag the video and then share directly to Twitter and/or Facebook. The video stays on the Vine app as well, where others can like or comment. And of course, you can do the whole "follow" thing, too.

I've been playing around with Vine for a day now, and I've seen some really creative videos out there. I believe folks will be spending a lot of time looking at six-second videos the same way they're spending all day looking at Instagram photos now. Even with the recent porn controversy, Vine is still so popular that Facebook just launched a similar service to compete with Twitter's offering.

Currently, Vine is free and available only for iPhone, but an Android version is on its way very soon. Instant video sharing through social media is the next big thing, and I'm happy to be in front of the trend this time.

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