Vine, the video sharing service that lets users upload or post a six-second video clip or montage, was officially made available at Apple’s App store on Thursday and it immediately made an impact worldwide.
Taking about the new video sharing application, Vine co-founder and general manager Dom Hofmann said: “Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — shortened forms of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life.”
Vine was well-accepted by iPhone and iPod owners, but its sudden popularity prompted Facebook to make a move against Twitter’s new embedded video sharing service.
Aside from having the change to upload video snippets in Twitter, Vine also allows users to find and follow friends using the service. However, multiple reports confirmed that Facebook blocked the application – a move that will prevent Facebook users to find friends who are on Vine.
The reported move by Facebook was confirmed by The Verge, which received a “Vine is not authorized to make this Facebook request” when they tried to look for Facebook friends that are already using Vine. Mashable also confirmed Facebook users are not allowed to share videos uploaded using Vine. According to the report, there was no error prompt when a video from Vine was shared in Facebook, but the video or link to the video did not appear on the timeline.
Vine as Twitter’s Instagram of Video
Tech experts said that Twitter’s move of introducing Vine was made to keep in step with their social-networking rival Facebook, which owns Instagram – arguably the most popular photo-sharing service today.
Surpassing or even getting close to Instagram’s current status will be a gargantuan task for Vine, considering the current limitation of the service. Experts said that one downside is the six-second limitation, which will make it difficult for users to create a video that will be appealing to other users.
Only time will tell if Vine can hit its target, but Facebook was obviously alarmed, which is a clear proof of the tremendous potential of the new video sharing service from Twitter.