Twitter is something of a different social network and is often referred to as a micro-blogging service. In addition to posting text and links, it is possible to share images through the website or through a dedicated app. Vine is an app from Twitter which can be used to record videos of up to six seconds in length which can then be shared with your followers.
This may not sound particularly exciting, but even in the relatively short amount of time that Vine has been available quite a Twitter subculture has built up around it. It is unlikely that many people will struggle to use the app, but there is a helpful introductory tutorial available to help you get started.
Although you only have six seconds to play with, there is still scope for creativity. You do not have to fill the entire six seconds if you don’t want to, and nor are you required to record the full video in one go. Instead you could opt to record a stop-motion style video, or make a video compilation from a series of snapshots – the choice is yours.
In some senses, Vine is like a mini social network in its own right. Although it is designed to be used within Twitter, it also has its own ecosystem. This means that you are able to browse through trending topics for Vine videos as well as tracking down the latest and greatest posts that are featured in Editor’s Picks.
If you have ever used Instagram to share photos you have taken with your iPhone, you’ll know pretty much how Vine works; it is very much the same idea but for videos. You are not limited to sharing your creations to Twitter – there is also the option of posting to your Facebook timeline if you like the idea of sharing with a wider audience.