Climbing the Vine
It spread like a virus this week, or a wildfire. Pick your cliche. Like most bloggers, I couldn’t check my Instagram or Twitter stream without a message like “Just joined Vine! I want to see what it’s all about. Follow me!” This would be followed by comments from other bloggers (myself included) saying something like, “OMG! So addictive!” Others, feeling out-of-the-loop would respond with a slightly panicked edge, “What’s Vine?”
Don’t worry. We didn’t know what it was until this week either. No one did. Vine is a video sharing app owned by Twitter. Vine let’s you take quick little 6 second videos that play on a loop, complete with sound. You can stop and start the recording over the length. Think of it as being able to make your own little in-camera edits. In the first week it made it to the top 10 free apps in the Apple App Store.
At first I thought, “Oh no! I can’t handle any more social media in my life!” Granted, my day is chock full of tweets, Facebook status updates and overexposed Instagram selfies. But, I don’t utilize Pinterest like I should. Don’t even get me started on Google+. Do you hear my Klout score dropping?
I know some people jumped ship early after somebody got all nasty. I’m assuming it was Chat Roulette style, but I don’t really want to know. I haven’t had anything offensive pop up on my feed, so I’m sticking with it.
Plus, I just really love Harry Potter and have always wanted moving pictures. I feel like Vine is sort of wizard Instagram.
Blogger or not, are you doing Vine? What do you think its value is? (Get ready for the shameless plug.) You can follow me. I’m Somebodys Parent. (No apostrophe allowed on Vine.)