Ever since the widely- known mobile application, “Instagram,” reached it’s peak of fame in 2011 after being picked up by Facebook for $1 billion, application and web developers all over the world have been racing to come up with the next best thing. Instagram has revolutionized the way in which users communicate and share their lives through images, but the real question on everybody’s mind has been who will be the first to do this, but with video?
It looks like the team over at Twitter may have officially done it. On the 24th of January, Twitter officially launched their very own video- sharing application called Vine, which many have referred to as “the Instagram for video.” The idea is simple. Vine allows users to shoot six- second long, looping clips of video with the touch of a button, which can be uploaded to your feed or even shared to your Twitter or Facebook accounts.
Vine has received a lot of attention since it’s release only one week ago, but many are still uncertain whether or not this application is worthy of downloading. Here are five things you should know before you download Vine.
1. Vine Porn is all the rage
Like it or not, Vine has a porn problem. The majority of users were first introduced to the dark side of Vine after one of the “Editors Picks” was a vine called “dildoplay,” which appeared on the vine feed of every single user. Ever since this one mistake Twitter has referred to as a “human error,” the pornographic
side of Vine has only been getting worse. Searching for the hashtags #Porn or #NSFW will lead you to hundreds of six-second clips of film that are most certainly not safe for work. Although Vine warns users that a “post may contain sensitive content” before viewing certain clips, this mild warning can hardly prepare you for some of the sights to be seen in certain explicit clips.
2. Is Vine Porn allowed to be on Vine?
Surprisingly, it is. According to Vine’s Terms of Service, the new application does not forbid explicit imagery. However, it does specifically block content that:
• Impersonates another person or entity in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others;
• Violates the rights of a third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy, and publicity rights;
• Is a direct and specific threat of violence to others;
• Is furtherance of illegal activities; or
• Is harassing, abusive, or constitutes spam.
3. Facebook doesn’t like it.
When Vine first launched one week ago, it offered users a way to view which of their Facebook and Twitter friends were also using the application, but Facebook has officially blocked the app from using its API to find friends on the service. Many users are also sad to find that they’re currently unable to share videos from Vine onto Facebook. In a post explaining their reasoning behind the move, Facebook wrote that, “it has policies against applications that bootstrap their growth in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook.”
4. Rough around the edges
Many users have found that earlier versions of the application have been failing on them. A Twitter search for the hashtag “Vine failed” will produce hundreds of angry tweets from users complaining about the several problems they’ve encountered with the app. The application is still in the process of fixing several bugs, which have denied users the ability to upload videos and also cause the application to spontaneously quit. The application is still only its beginning phase, so give it time and the issues should be worked out.
5. Business Networking
It comes as no surprise that several businesses, including Ritz and Trident Gum, have already become quite friendly with the application. These businesses have begun using Vine to fill jobs and find creative individuals to expose their product. Businesses like Dove have jumped into the action as well and are offering users the chance to record a six-second long clip that effectively defines the nature of their product. Even Jeff Weiner, CEO of social media rival LinkedIn, gave his approval of the application after tweeting, “Looks like @Twitter is on to something w/ @vineapp.”
Think you can make a movie just 6 seconds long?
Enter it into our 6 Second Film Competition? Download Vine and get shooting! Deadline is midnight February 4th, 2013