What is Vine? + How Vine Works

Last updated: September 5, 2016 - 2:04pm EDT

You've likely heard the phrase "living in the moment".  Well, Vine is a popular Internet-based mobile device application that's all about living from moment to moment!  It's full of beautiful moments, funny moments, awe-inspiring moments, and thought-provoking moments… millions of short videos that are all creative slices of life.  And all of the videos repeat after they finish playing, so you can relive your favourite moments again and again and again!

So, what exactly is Vine?

Vine is an application for mobile devices that facilitates the creating, editing, organizing, and sharing of repeating videos that are 6 seconds in length or shorter.  You can make or upload your own videos, or browse clips that are currently popular.  You can even follow the activity of your favourite creators!

Vine is very similar to Instagram, a video and picture application run by Facebook (Vine is run by Twitter).

How does Vine work? 4 cool things about Vine

1. Stories from every walk of life

Even though videos on Vine are very short, there's a surprising amount of variety when it comes to what they can be about.  Browse videos on a certain topic with Vine's "channels", or just see what's popular or trending.  You can also search for users, videos, or hashtags by keyword.

Browsing content channels in Vine

2. Don't just watch; experience!

There are a bunch of things that you can do with videos on Vine, besides watching them over and over.  "Like" them so you can find them again easily, comment on them (and see what other people have to say about them), or share them on your own Vine account or your accounts on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr!  You can even share them over email with your friends!

Functions for liking, commenting on, and sharing Vine videos

3. Follow your favourites

You can "follow" certain topics (called "channels") on Vine, such as sports, art, comedy, music, and so on.  This will make more videos about things that you like show up on your main page on Vine.  You can also "follow" certain Vine users, or even "favourite" them to get notifications whenever they post a new video on Vine!

How to follow a Vine user

4. Share your creativity

Think you can show people something amusing, profound, or captivating in 6 seconds or less?  If so, take your shot at creating a Vine video!  You can make a new Vine video from scratch using a host of built-in recording and editing tools, or upload a video already on your mobile device.  Then, just add a caption and/or location to your video, choose what people or social networks you want to share it with, and then post it!

Editing an uploaded Vine video


Want to see some examples of things that people have made on Vine?  Check out these editor's picks!

Anyway, that's a brief introduction to Vine!  Throughout our Vine course, we'll show you everything you need to know about how to live the Vine life… 6 seconds at a time!  That includes downloading the Vine app, signing up for a Vine account, interacting with Vine videos, and even making your own 6-second masterpieces!  So don't go hanging at the end of your rope... swing to Internet stardom instead with Vine and Techboomers!


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