We've given you a primer on what Vine is and how it works. So the question becomes: will Vine be a swinging good time for you, or will it just be a tangle of confusion and frustration? Here's our take on what Vine's strong and weak points are.
Free for everyone -- It costs no money to sign up for a Vine account, download and install the Vine application, or do anything else on Vine for that matter.
Variety in the slices of life -- Despite Vine videos being short, they are about all sorts of different things. Nature, humour, sports, video games, comedy, art, celebrities, pets... there's something for just about everyone.
Stay in the know -- You can "follow" certain users or "channels" (i.e. content categories) on Vine to see more content of what you like. You can even get notified when one of your favourite Vine users posts a new video!
Become famous, six seconds at a time -- Vine also has features that let you create, edit, and share your own miniature videos with your friends, family, and social networks (including Vine itself). You can even upload a pre-made video from your mobile device into Vine, and then edit it from there!
Time is fleeting -- Six seconds isn't a lot of time with which to create a video, so you're going to have to be crafty! (Also, the fact that videos often auto-play, are short, and repeat can get kind of annoying.)
You have to create on the go -- You can watch, like, comment on, and share Vine videos from the website. However, if you want to create and post your own videos on Vine, you have to download and install the mobile application.
Not always safe for work -- Certain content on Vine may be offensive or distasteful to you, as it may include violence, strong language, or mild sexuality. Users can label their videos as "sensitive" to alleviate this problem, but be aware that this kind of content may still show up occasionally.
Vine isn't exactly all that useful in practical terms, but it is a fun and unique way to view the creativity of others (and show off your own, if you wish). It's free to sign up for and use, and there are lots of different types of content on Vine to make you laugh, gasp, think, and smile. Plus, you can follow other Vine users and "channels" of content to see more of what you want and less of what you don't. You can even try your hand at putting together Vine videos yourself with Vine's easy-to-use editing tools.
Vine videos are a challenging medium to work with, though, as you only have six seconds to say and/or show something interesting. Plus, you need to download and install the Vine application for your mobile device to get the full functionality out of Vine; you can't create, edit, or post your own Vine videos without the app. Finally, you aren't always going to like everything that you see on Vine, either because the auto-playing and looping videos get annoying, or the content is explicit (in terms of violence, coarse language, or mild sexuality). Just be aware of that.
Well, if you're ready to see what Vine is like for yourself, we'll start you off with a lesson on how to sign up for a Vine account!
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