Vine Review


Vine (free) available for iPhone.

The new social video service Vine has been creating a sensation recently. We’re all questioning the need for another social network in our lives. Is there a need for another Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, not when Pinterest, LinkedIn and even the new MySpace want a piece of our time.

On the Vine

Think of a post on Vine like a video version of a tweet. You have six seconds to create a movie that then loops endlessly. It comes complete with sound, and you can even make cuts as you go. It’s akin to Twitter’s 140 characters, but they move. Got it?

Another no-hassle setup. Well, assuming you're cool with linking to your Twitter account, anyway.

Another no-hassle setup. Well, assuming you’re cool with linking to your Twitter account.

As such, the feed of people you follow — just like on Twitter or Facebook — is full of looping six-second clips, so choose your friends carefully. As interesting as it is to look at cute dogs all day you’ve got to get some creative people on your Vine or else it’s going to be quite dull.

How it Works

On start up you’re prompted to sign in using either your Twitter account or a new email. After authorisation the next screen shows a feed containing a whole bunch of videos for you to view, and if you want, you can go to the next section and find people from Twitter or otherwise to follow. It’s quite simple.

See? You can find people.

See? You can find people.

With your feed prepared and ready to go, you can just spend your time watching the world go by six seconds at a time. As the service is still new the amount of interesting things that are going on seem to be few and far between.

Explore hashtags and view a feed. See? This is fun.

Explore hashtags and view a feed. See? This is fun.

For example, look at Oscilloscope and their new release, It’s a Disaster. Guess what, it’s on Vine. Yes, you can watch a portion of the movie, all on Vine. Then there’s the other issue, the whole porn thing. This blew up right away, as entrepreneurial and generally naked people started turning up on the service with hashtags reflecting their true nature. Although Vine was pretty proactive about that problem, it’s still around if you do some very light searching, so be wary if you hand your iPhone to a child and they start digging around the app.

Making Your Own Vine Movie

Making your own Vine movie is simple. Aim your iPhone camera at an object that you want to film, then hold your finger on the screen. As long as your finger is on the screen, the camera is live and you’re actively recording. Move around, tap as you move, whatever you want to do — Vine records it until a little green checkmark appears in the bottom right corner, indicating that you can stop.

Vine can be very touchy-feely.

Vine can be very touchy-feely.

Once done, you can caption your video as you see fit, then post to Vine, Facebook and Twitter. Geo tag it too, if you prefer, and then the post goes into your feed for all to see.

Now everyone can see my fat dogs.

Now everyone can see my cute dogs.

Can you upload your own videos that you took prior to getting the app? No, at least not that I could find. The only way is to capture it all live which can be hit or miss depending on your subject.

In Summary

Vine is fun and adds depth to a Twitter feed. It means we can post a quick video of something cute, creative or capture a moment for posterity. But we can’t yet upload our own videos (even if they were edited), so those fun moments that we already have can’t be shared. Plus, it comes down to users in the system — once there are more, the app will become more fun. Until then, not as much.

So is Vine for you? Try it for free and find out!

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