Vine, a mobile service that lets users shoot and embed short video clips into tweets has been launched by Twitter. Vine was acquired by Twitter about a year back. However, the service has still been released as a separate free app and the video shot using the app can also be embedded on Facebook directly. At present the app has only been developed for the iPhone and iPod touch, but Twitter says it is working on bringing Vine to other platforms soon.
“Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special,” said Dom Hofmann, co-founder and General Manager, Vine in a blog post.
Keeping in sync with Twitter’s word restriction per tweet video clips shot using Vine can only be 6 seconds long at max and will play in a continuous loop, just like a GIF image does. Users will have the option to record videos with the audio turned on or off and so will the viewers.
“We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it’s through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video,” Hofmann said.
Vine is of course not the only application that allows users to embed video clips in tweets. Tout, which calls itself as “twitter for video”, is one such start up video sharing service that will let you record and embed short videos in to tweets and share them via other social media sites. Tout, however, has a longer video recording duration limit of 15 seconds.
Vine, which is already being referred to by many as “Instagram for Twitter” has all the ingredients to become exactly that. With Instagram people grew a taste for photographing food. Perhaps, Vine will do something similar to Twitter users. What will it be this time? Fail videos perhaps.
You can download Vine for iOS from here.