Twitter-owned video sharing startup Vine may launch standalone app tomorrow

in General Discussion edited January 2014
A tweet sent out by Twitter CEO Dick Costolo contained a video created from Vine, a startup that Twitter purchased in 2012, suggesting the app may soon be ready for launch.


Citing people familiar with the matter, All Things D's Peter Kafka reports that Vine could hit the iOS App Store as soon as Thursday, but notes it is unlikely to be fully integrated with parent company Twitter's app.

According to the sources, Vine will debut a standalone app as was planned before Twitter acquired the company in October. The startup is operating as a separate entity and will reportedly offer an initial service not directly tied to Twitter. These people say there will be no Twitter branding on the app.

Similar to YouTube's Capture app, Vine allows for quick video clips, up to six seconds in length, to be uploaded to the company's servers for viewing by followers, friends or users just browsing for videos. Kafka likens the system to the popular photo sharing app Instagram.

People who have used the app say operation is simple, as users need only to press and hold a record button to start a clip's creation. When the button is released, the video pauses, allowing for a full six-second long clip or a series of "vignettes" that provide for a smash cut effect. Uploaded videos can be posted through Twitter, as seen below.

Steak tartare in six seconds. @dhof

? dick costolo (@dickc)

Vine has yet to see an official release date and the company's website shows only a static placeholder reading "coming soon."


  • Reply 1 of 5
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,824member

    Twitter - I'm hooked... FB - goodbye!

  • Reply 2 of 5
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member
    How sad that the first video from Twitter has such disgusting content. Steak Tartare is not only nasty, its' dangerous.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    Six seconds max? This can only be used for memes.
  • Reply 4 of 5

    Great, another thing to shorten one's attention span. In about 10 years the average feature-length* motion picture will be no longer than 45 minutes.



    From Wikipedia:


    Feature length is motion picture terminology referring to the length of a feature film. According to the rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a feature length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes to be eligible for an Academy Award.

  • Reply 5 of 5

    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post

    Great, another thing to shorten one's attention span. In about 10 years the average feature-length* motion picture will be no longer than 45 minutes.


    People said the first Hobbit was "laborious". Screw you, I want it to have as much from the book as possible! I'm not upset about it being stretched from two films to three, because that means they can get that much more in from the source material. Three hours is only laborious if there's no plot. Heck, 90 minutes is laborious if there's no plot.


    I am sort of upset now that they didn't make each of the Rings books into two films! Oh, and about the things they changed, of course. Stupid deus ex machina ghosts that never even saw Minas Tirith… image

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