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What Is Vine And How Does It Work?


Vine is all over the news again! Initially, it used to run only on iOS devices. Now, it expanded its reach with its release in Android mobile devices on June 3, 2013. But most of us are still not aware of what Vine is all about. Therefore, I’ve brought forward this article to make you understand what Vine is and how you can operate it.


What is Vine?

It is a free video-sharing application developed by Twitter. And similar to Twitter’s posts with a limit of 140 characters, a video in Vine can have a maximum length of 6 seconds. The design of the app allows the user to record small separate videos of 1 or 2 seconds, which can be merged together into a full 6-second video. When the video is complete, it can be shared on social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

How does Vine work?

Along with iOS devices, Vine is now supported by Android devices. Vine reminds more or less of Instagram which also has a scrollable feed of all the posts from your friends. Once you sign up, you will have access to your profile page. Basic information in the profile page like your name, photo and bio will be automatically drawn from your Twitter account.

Users who are new to Vine will have access to a tutorial which will give a basic idea of the steps. When you start recording, you need to hold down your finger on the screen for each short segment. For a video of total 6 seconds, you are allowed to do this three times for 1 or 2 seconds. Once the recording is complete, Vine compiles the segments together and brings out your video.

How to explore Vine?

Being launched in January 2013, Vine is relatively new. Designers are continuously working on improving the user experience with the app. However, the basic features are enough to make you get addicted to it. There are categories like “Popular Now” and “Editor’s Picks”. You also have the choice to like and comment on the videos on Vine.

In all, Vine is a neat tool which gives you a chance to explore your creative side. So what are you waiting for? Log in and start making some videos.