If you think 140-character tweets are restrictive, try a six-second video. After picking up Vine late last year, Twitter decided the time was ripe to launch Vine as an app that complements Twitter’s text-based messages with short, looping videos.
“Posts on Vine are about abbreviation – the shortened form of something larger,” writes Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann on Vine’s blog
. “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.”
If you want to try the Vine app out, you’ll need to do so on an iPhone
or iPod Touch
, as those are the only devices the app supports at the moment. Vine is a separate service from Twitter
, and technically, you don’t need a Twitter account to use it. If you have a Twitter account, you can embed your Vine videos into your tweets immediately after recording. You can pick up the free app in the iTunes Store