On Thursday 24th January 2013, Twitter launched Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. 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 Vine think that’s part of what makes them so special.
It will be interesting to see how brands use Vine. Social media is so widespread that any brand who doesn’t jump on this bandwagon will literally be kicking themselves in months to come.
Why use Vine?
- show off your products and services
- offer a behind the scenes look at your employees/offices etc.
- provide a 6 second interview clip to entice fans into watching the whole thing
If you work in social media, you will know you have a very small window of opportunity to capture users attention. Content needs to be unique, have a personality and make a user WANT to show their friends and family by sharing it.
The social media landscape is changing so rapidly that I think it is really important for brands to understand how they interact with their publics and consequently how encourage engagement.
With a powerhouse like Twitter behind it, I think Vine will be around for a while.
Check out some of the short videos which have appeared so far…
Cosmo's fashion team getting to grips with Vine! Don't judge us... vine.co/v/b5PqYiFhXbP—
Cosmopolitan UK (@CosmopolitanUK) January 25, 2013
DKNY PR GIRL® (@dkny) January 27, 2013
Bernie Goldbach (@topgold) January 27, 2013
Just getting ready for tonight's gig. vine.co/v/bJB0EOAMV6X—
Professor Green (@professorgreen) January 26, 2013
Vine is currently available on the iPhone and iPod touch. You can download it for free from the App Store.
Love Niamh x