You may have heard mention of Vine this past week, it’s a brand new app (free in the Apple App store) created by Twitter which currently only runs on iPhones (I’m guessing this will change very soon).
Here’s the scoop:
You record a 6 seconds (or less) video, and share it on Vine with whomever decides to follow your feed and the entire rest of the world through hashtags because all videos recorded on Vine are public. You can edit your videos, as you make them, simply by holding your fingertip to the phone screen and then removing it to stop recording. Each video plays in a continuous loop. Beware library, church and in-meeting phone checkers: sound is also recorded, so keep your phone volume turned down or leave it on vibrate, or else…
Naturally curious, looking for a new way to fill all my free time or just eager to jump on the bandwagon, I signed right up- heedless of the porn video warnings I’d read about everywhere, and so far, I haven’t come across anything inappropriate. It seems Twitter is working double time to take care of this issue.
Somewhat entertaining and occasionally straight up annoying, you are likely to constantly be changing your list of followees until a learning curve is reached among participants. Without creative guidelines vaguely resembling any kind of preconceived plan whatsoever Vine can syphon your precious time watching someone’s messy kids endlessly jumping on the bed, an empty sidewalk or a extreme novice just watching TV with their dog- I’ve seen this too many times already.
I must admit, with careful selection of characters followed, there is much to be admired in the stop action and food prep categories, to name a few. So, take a peek for yourself- if you’ve got an extra minute after you’ve checked your email, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feed and before you get yelled at or texted, “Mom, stop staring at your phone!” by one of your children, remember them?