vine . are you on the bandwagon?

January 30, 2013 separator Blogging

I’m sure by now that you’ve heard of Vine, Twitter’s new video app. It has taken over all my social media feeds in a short three days… The best way I can think to describe it is basically Instagram for video. You shoot six-second videos that feel like a GIF. The setup makes it easy to do stop-motion type clips, and I’ve seen some really neat ones already. Here’s one of mine:


Now, onto the not-so-great… Apparently Vine has a bit of a major *ahem* porn problem. Already. It also doesn’t get along with Facebook. Sure, you can sync it to your Facebook account to share your videos, but Facebook has blocked the feature that would enable you to find your Facebook friends on Vine. Also, and this is just my personal opinion, I find the sound to be really irritating, as it’s typically just fuzzy background noise.

Bloggers, I’m interested to hear your thoughts. Are you jumping on this bandwagon, too, or have you already? How do you think this is going to affect the way we blog and interact on social media? Personally, I think I’ll play with the app every now and again, but I’m already feeling pretty social media-ed out with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I’m really interested to see how companies and brands incorporate Vine into their marketing strategies. Urban Outfitters and Topshop have already posted, and Anthropologie and Martha Stewart Living have accounts, but I’m surprised at how many big brands don’t have a presence on Vine yet. Do you think that this will gain the some momentum as the big social media platforms? Do you think it’ll change the way brands interact with customers and readers?  I have so many ideas… Don’t you think it’d be a great way for groups like the Humane Society to get their animals adopted?!

If you’re intrigued, check out what I’ve done with the app. If you’re on Vine, come find me! My username is Shrimp Salad Circus.

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15 comments

  1. I’ve downloaded the app and tried to make an account but it keeps telling me there’s an error. Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to get into it; social media already takes out a chunk of time out of each day and I’m not sure if I want to add any more.

  2. I actually really love it.
    I feel a bit social media-ed out as well,
    but since my 2 main SM I’m using are facebook and instagram , I just love the vine. I really feel it has a nice twist to it that allows me to share things in a different angle, and urges me to get more creative in how I communicate with followers.
    I think brands should definately jump on the vine wagon since it has such a good marketing personalized potential.

    did you chack out Jimmy Fallon’s videos? he’s clearly having fun toying with it :)

    and of course it take a bit of patience and practice to create really really cool gifs but it’s worth my while.
    (I’ve already created a few- you should check them out, I’d love to hear what you think :)
    @1hugaday

  3. I think it’s a pretty cool concept..I have the app myself and hadn’t come across anything inappropriate until last night :-/ Someone started following me and their picture is completely offensive, and I have no clue how to block them. So, I’m hoping Vine picks up some blocking/privacy avenues quickly!

  4. I had never heard of it before I saw a blogging friend posting about it on FB tonight. So I asked a few friends if I was the only one who hadn’t heard of it and ALL of them had the same response: isn’t that the site with all the porn on it? I personally would rather spend my time on my blog, projects, facebook and twitter and wait and see what happens with vine.

  5. I checked it out, definitely has possibilities to it, but quite frankly I don’t think I’m going to join the vine-craziness. Most the the videos I’ve seen so far weren’t that fun or pretty…call me a classic, but I like things well done – pretty photography or videos. Vine don’t have that feel to me, they just look cheap to me *sound not helping here*. I am sure some people will do wonders with it – I just haven’t seen that yet, and I am myself not so interested in experimenting with it.

  6. I hopped on Vine right away, because I genuinely do think it is a *really* awesome idea. But, you nailed one of my fears on the head! I haven’t seen porn yet, but I just know it’s because I’m cruising my friends videos and not EVERYTHING. Though the sound is cute when you’re recording pets or babies, it really annoys me in general. But, seeing as how new it is – I am hoping they fix these things right away and the app is smooth sailing from there because it’s a lot of fun :]
    {Em♥teatreevintage.blogspot.com}

  7. I can’t really say a lot about it because I’ve an android (cries in a corner (but also annoyed about this fact as android is a huge area that they haven’t touched)) but I really like the idea.
    Whether or not it’ll over take instagram will be something to see but I think that it has given another method of creativity to people. It amazes me what people can do with this every time something like this comes out (minus the porn…ew this did not go well with that sentence).

    But as I said I’ve an android so I can’t really say a lot about it’s functionality or anything like that really I’m just relying on Twitter postings to see what people do. Looking forward to the android release so I can finally have a play :D

  8. I downloaded the app to see what the heck the hype was about since everyone posted their profile on every social media around me. But, to be honest, I haven’t been won over yet. I think the concept it intriguing but the execution is still debatable. I’m still poking around and I love seeing certain bloggers there and what they’re doing…but I still need to be won over. Plus, as you mentioned already, the porn spam is insane.
    xo,
    nancy

  9. i’m with you, i’ve seen many of my fellow instagrammers posting their vine accounts this week. i signed up last night and played around a bit. i’m just not sold yet, and slightly scared of easily stumbling onto something i don’t want to see! i’ll probably give it a couple weeks though, maybe it will be more of a browsing device than a social media outlet i really want to immerse myself in.

    ps like your video!

    1. I had the same thing – tons of people posting about it on Instagram. I thought it was totally obnoxious, and then I went and did it myself. lol I’ve found that it’ll be a more interesting browsing device once more people get on there. My feed on Vine will have the same video as its most recent for hours because I just simply don’t have enough people to follow yet.

      I’m so glad you like my video – thanks!

  10. Vine is interesting and has possibility…just not for me, or for anyone else who hasn’t jumped on the iPhone and iPod touch bandwagons.
    The fact that it’s only available for those particular populations makes it seem a bit classist to me, since low income people like myself aren’t likely to have an iPhone or iPod touch.
    Ah well! I can still enjoy the mini videos that others post ;) and of course, there’s still Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc.

    1. You make a really great point, Cynthia. I should have been more informed about this to realize it’s not compatible with Android devices. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention.

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