Twitter launches mobile video sharing app Vine, Facebook hates it

By on January 27, 2013
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Dubbed as ‘video Instagram’, Vine allows you to post 6-second long GIF loops on Twitter. But Facebook cuts it off.


There has been a lot of talk about video version of Instagram and the possibilities of success that could bring to any startup that successfully launches one. Well, looks like Twitter itself beat everyone else to the punch when they dropped the bomb earlier this week by launching ‘Vine’, a mobile video sharing app that is actually very cool.

The idea behind the application is pretty cool – it allows you to create 6 second long loopable GIF videos and post them on Twitter. The videos used in the GIF can be very short clips stitched together to tell a story or just for fun. The app is currently only for the iPhone and iPod Touch which is a damn shame, but we hope it arrives to Android and Blackberry soon enough. Most people don’t really know what to do with the thing yet, except for Facebook who know that they want to cut it off. The application has been denied accessed from accessing a user’s Facebook friends within the app to share the videos to, and Facebook reasons that apps that don’t share information back will not be given information from Facebook. Fair enough, but a shady business move more like.

Here’s an example of a Vine:


Here’s a funnier, more creative example for it:

Thoughts on the service?


Filmmaker and film writer. An ironically strange combination. Follow his tweets on @faisalhashmi for his escapades in film.

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