For anyone who thinks Twitter’s new Vine will die quickly we have two words – animated GIF

// January 24th, 2013 // Internet


Twitter Vine logoTwitter uses can now add six-second looping videos to their 140-character tweets using technology Twitter bought last year from developer start-up Vine.  Hey, it’s like animated GIFs with sound (or Instagram with video)!  Twitter announced:

“Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create. Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. 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.”

So far, the 5.7MB free application is only available to owners of iPads and the iPhone 3GS and above, and it’s optimized for the iPhone 5, according to Vine. There’s no word on when the application will be available for Android users but we suspect it will be soon. All videos posted are automatically public to other Vine users.  Each video is limited to 6 seconds (Twitter fiddled around with 4 second through 10 second video and found six seconds was just right) and loops continuously like an animated GIF.

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