With YouTube having been with us since 2005, video sharing is not a new phenomenon. There lots of alternatives to YouTube, but still it is the BOSS. However, there’s a newcomer on the scene, one which is gaining a lot of attention thanks to both its ease of use and severe limit on the length of videos.
Yes we are talking about Twitter Vine videos, which you may well have heard of already. Vine is a standalone video-sharing app acquired by Twitter in October 2012. It enables smartphone and tablet owners to record and upload videos of no more than six seconds in length. Which really isn’t long, but should be long enough for people to offer a glimpse into their world, albeit a fleeting one.
Twitter Vine videos can be embedded directly into tweets, or shared via a separate webpage. Those using the app can also watch videos picked out by the editors, or follow other users to gain access to all of their content.
But there are easier ways of gaining a voyeuristic view on Vine videos, seven of which are outlined below.
One of the most popular Vine apps out right now, Vinepeek lets you sit back and watch an endless stream of six-second loops, culling the latest Vines and displaying them in real-time.
There’s no discernible content filter, so you have no control over what comes on the screen, making the experience slightly disconcerting and wholly absorbing. The coolest feature: You can record Vines you like and Vinepeek will store them till the end of your session.
Vinesmap takes geotagged Vines and plots them on a map of the world, powered by OpenStreetMap data.
Vinesmap would be far more interesting if you could actually choose the Vines on the map you wanted to watch, but it’s a useful visual tool to see where people are recording from most.
All Around The Vines
Sure, videos recorded with a smartphone aren’t the greatest quality, but that doesn’t make the full-browser experience of All Around The Vines any less compelling.
Tweets are transposed on top of the videos, along with when they were posted, and you can choose from a few basic hashtags such as food, fashion, and nature.
Because no burgeoning digital platform would be complete without the Internet’s unofficial mascot. Nine cute and furry Vines simultaneously play to overwhelming effect.
Creators q30design say they “take no responsibility for non-cat imagery or videos that are less than purr-fect.” Consider yourself warned.
VineRoulette contains considerably less genitalia than its namesake sibling, ChatRoulette.
The full-screen Vine collage loads dozens of videos at a time, which means it can take awhile to load. But it also comes with a handy search bar that lets you go exploring.
A simple, clear grid of nine assorted Vines that refresh automatically. Hover over a clip to hear the audio, and click on a clip to go to the original Vine post.
Just Vined is the most visually overstimulating of the bunch, playing 20 Vines at once. Click on a video to watch it in pop-up mode.