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Vine App: Takes Social Networking To Video

Tech Blog
Sunday, 3rd February, 2013


Just what the world needs, another social networking app. Vine is social networking, but instead of words like Twitter, or images like Instagram, the idea is to share video. Has it been done before? Of course. Probably the most popular one at the moment is Keek; You can create and share a video of 36 seconds, and it’s got the usual social networking built into it.

Vine is different. Vine only allows you to record 6 seconds of video and upload it. That means to make something it has to be very short, and means you have to be pretty creative with whatever you are doing. I signed up and I have to say I love vine! πŸ˜€ It’s really addictive, and I’m now always thinking of what I can video and what I can do to make a 6 second clip; I wanna create a short clip for everything! :mrgreen:

One thing I love about it is that it’s fairly exclusive (at the moment) which is what makes social networks “cool”. The thoughts of Facebook is that “it’s done” (even though it’s not), because of the number of people and the type of people on there; Social networking is not ‘cool’ if your parents or grandparents are on it πŸ˜‰

I love Vine and think it will take off, and I think be bigger than Keek. I was going to sign up with Keek, but I think 36 seconds for a video is quite a long time. It’s pretty much aimed at people who want to video themselves, which is great, but I’d personally use YouTube for that. The difference with Vine is that the timeframe is so short, it’s more about what you can do in the time you have.

How it works

The app is very easy to use; Start it up, hit the video recorder and then every time you want to record something touch the screen and it will start to record. Once you take your finger off the screen it stops. It “remembers” when you take off your finger, and you can close down the app and use your phone, go back to Vine and pick up where you left off.

Problems I have discovered

Recording a video while holding an iPhone is not the easiest thing to do! If you want to do it yourself making a vid while doing something can be hard, I think that an iPhone tripod of some kind is needed.

Needs an “undo”

I made a “day in my life” style of vid, but the problem is what if you are 3 or 4 seconds in and you mess up, you have messed up the entire video and have to start again. If you start your video in one place and then 3 or 4 seconds in have moved location, you can’t realistically go back! πŸ˜€ I think it needs a sort of “undo” or try that again function.

Cannot share after posting the video

So you share the video on Vine, you also have the option of Facebook and Twitter. However if you don’t select one there and then, it seems at the moment you cannot go back and share. That means if you post to Vine and later decide you’d like to share it on Twitter or Facebook you cannot do this (at the moment at least). Instagram lets you post anything on Instagram, and at a later time or date you can share to Twitter/Facebook/Others.

Sometimes it’s very slow

I have been addicted and been using it for a few days, I love it, but it can be slow. When I go to the home screen and look at vids from people I follow sometimes they take a while to start, sometimes they don’t start at all. It’s very frustrating to wait 10 or 20 seconds to see a 6 second clip, this MUST be addressed.

Other than these little problems I really do love Vine. It’s new and will hopefully keep getting developed and get better and better. It feels really fresh and something different, above all very addictive which is key to social networking apps/sites.

My Vine, not very good, I’ll come up with something better πŸ˜›

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