Twitter Releases Vine iPhone App For Sharing Short Videos


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Twitter has released a new iPhone app in the App Store, and it’s called Vine. According to Twitter, “Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.”

6-second clips can be uploaded to Twitter from the app, and you can play them back right in embedded tweets on the web and in Twitter’s official mobile apps.

The app uses iOS 6’s Twitter integration to add your account when you first open it, but a Vine account is technically separate from your Twitter account. It imports the info from your Twitter, but Vine is its own social network. You can share to Twitter and Facebook, and more sharing options are coming in future updates. The app lets you find friends on Vine by searching your iPhone’s address book as well as Twitter and Facebook friends.

Shooting video is actually really good in Vine. The app only records when your finger is on the screen, so you can tap and hold until your 6 seconds are up. It’s a very easy, intuitive way to shoot quick bursts of video on a touchscreen. Sound is optional.

Third-party Twitter apps like Tweetbot can still play Vine videos, but they have to be loaded from the web interface instead of playing directly in embedded tweets.

It looks like Vine is supposed to be the Instagram of video. Other apps like Cinemagram have tried to fill this gap, but Twitter’s Vine may finally be the app that really catches on.

Vine is available for free in the App Store.

Source: Twitter Blog


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