Do you Vine?

Have you heard of the newest social media platform? Vine is making waves in the smartphone app world.

This free app currently available only on iOS for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, is a mashup of YouTube and Instagram. Vine allows users to create quick videos to share with followers. The process for creating a Vine video is simple. You have six seconds to shoot a video with as many cuts and scene changes as you want. The result is a short film that plays in a loop. Many of Vine’s users create videos with a stop-motion effect, making them almost look like animated GIFs. Unlike a GIF however, Vine records sound, bringing these videos to the next level of creative expression for users and entertainment for viewers.

In the world of social media apps, sharing is king, and Vine allows you make options for getting your videos viewed. You can link your Vine account with your Facebook and Twitter accounts for the ultimate mini-movie sharing experience. Also keeping with social media style, you can use hashtags to make your videos more searchable. For those of you who like to let the world know where you are at all times, you can also add a location to your post.

I’ve spent some time on Vine over the last few days, checking out the most popular videos and getting connected with some celebrities who also use the app. Many of the posts are hilarious, some are not, and there are a plethora of cat videos (hooray!) Of course, like any social media app, there are those that misuse the service. That’s why developers gave us a “Report this post” button.

Vine has not yet reached the popularity of Instagram, but I think the app is onto something. There’s a rumored Android version coming soon, which would bring more players to the game. I can't wait to see what the app looks like on my Galaxy SIII.

Vine is now added to the list of social media outlets for Young & Free Maine. Follow YoungFreeME on Vine for fun video clips of spokester life, Young & Free Maine events, and random bits and pieces of my day.

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My first Vine video is a 6-second masterpiece I call "Pigs in a Blanket". While the app's interface is simple and user-friendly, the tap to record method takes some getting used to. I know my technique needs some improvement.

Are you on Vine? 

Kylie K.