(The Root) — The folks at Facebook must be feeling some pressure from Twitter's latest hole-in-one. Rumors are swirling that on June 20, Facebook will announce that users of Instagram (which Facebook owns) will be able to share video with the app. The assumption is that this development is to compete with Vine, Twitter's video-sharing app that lets users share six-second clips.
TechCrunch reports that since Vine hit the iOS app store in January, the number of shares there has surpassed those of Instagram, especially since Vine was made available on Android this month.
It will be very interesting to see how users take to the new Instagram video service. Will people dump their Vine accounts in the name of consolidating social media vehicles? Will there be a way to mute Instagram's new video service for folks who want to make it like it was? Will someone figure out a way to auto-update both Vine and Instagram at the same time?
If Instagram leaves the train station going 50 mph at 7 a.m. EDT, and Vine leaves a station 40 miles south going north at 80 mph, when they collide, will they create a new superhuman social media hybrid named InstaVine, bent on world domination? Find out next week on As the Tweet Turns.
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Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.