Twitter Introduces Vine Video Sharing App
Last year, Twitter took on Instagram with the addition of photo filters for its mobile apps, and now, it’s expanding into video. Today, the company introduced Vine, a video sharing platform that allows users to share six second videos as an embedded clip within their tweets. Twitter likens the concept to the video equivalent to the 140 character tweet. Like GIFs, the videos loop endlessly, but users can opt to include audio. But Vine isn’t limited to one steady shot, and videos can be captured over time at different angles and locations.
Unlike it’s recent foray into photo filters, Vine is not a feature baked into the standard Twitter client. Instead, the service can be used either independently or in collusion with Twitter. Users can link Vine with their Twitter account via a common login or they can create a new account entirely. The app can find friends who also use Vine by accessing your Twitter account, Facebook, or contact list.
Vine represents Twitter’s efforts to move beyond simple posts of 140 characters or less and develop a versatile media platform of its own. The app is available for free now via iTunes for iPod touch and iPhone with other platforms to follow.
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By Scott Lowe