What is Vine, where did it come from, and why is everyone so obsessed with it? Let’s talk about it and consider if you should be using it.
1. What Is Vine?
Created by Twitter, Vine is a mobile app which allows its users to record and post short video clips. All video clips are about six seconds and can be shared on social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the Vine community. The video clips are also referred to as “GIFs,” which are a series of video frames that move as animation.
2. How Do You Use Vine?
Download the app to your phone (iPhone only for now). Use the app’s camera to record a six second clip of anything you want. Hold your finger down on the phone screen to create your video. You can start and stop recording as many times as you want during the six seconds.
3. Should You Use It?
If you’re a journalism or media major, or have a job in any industry that uses video art, you’ll probably love this app. It’s great for stop-motion pictures, short messages to friends, and anything else you can think of. It does record audio, so be aware of any background noise.
4. What Are People Saying?
I haven’t read any rave reviews about Vine. Most are skeptical or critical of it, noting there are more not-so-great things about it than great, and that there are some tweaks needing to be made. People like it for allowing creativity and a fun form of expression. Others say upload time can be a pain and that there isn’t a way to text a Vine straight from the app.
As Mashable’s Seth Fiegerman says in a recent article, “Vine deserves credit for convincing uncreative amateurs like myself that we can be quasi-videographers for six seconds at a time, but it’s not every day that you come across something truly video-worthy or have the forethought to stage a good shoot.”
Are you a Vine user? What do you make videos of and would you recommend a friend to use it?