Battle of the Social Video Clips: Instagram Takes on Vine


Thanks to social networking sites that allow us to document every single little aspect of our lives, we can all be instant artists. Take a photo (any photo, from what we’ve all had to see and put up with), slap a retro filter on it, add a little border, and voila—art. And then it’s posted online for everyone in Instagram, Twitpic, Snapchat, or anywhere else presumably capable of sharing images. The images could be linked to social networking sites and then instantly presented to thousands of people on the Web.

Vine vs Instagram


It has turned into such a global phenomenon that it’s become common (and somewhat of a big inside joke for the Internet) to find people sitting down to a meal, and before they even take a bite, they will whip out a business phone or a tablet in order to take a photo of it first. Documenting each moment of our lives has become “trendy”, but it looks like we won’t be treated to just still pictures anymore.

The Rise (and Fall) of Vine

Vine was the first to present a relatively new concept—that is, allowing users to post videos online social media style. “But Youtube already does that!” you may cry. True, but Vine’s videos are only spanning six seconds long. These clips can be edited as the user wishes, six seconds of a crazy moment; a moving snapshot of life Harry Potter-style. 

The service was quickly picked up by many users who like to show comedic snapshots of life. This is especially popular amongst groups of friends who want each of them having a quick part in a six-second drive-by video. It was also picked up by some celebrities and famous online bloggers as a fun way to connect to their fans, linking to them via Twitters. Other more enterprising users found it very entertaining to grab videos from them and turn them into animated gifs.

However, as with anything else, the service got invaded by people with less scrupulous intentions. Vine recently got entrenched in trouble when users started uploading six-second pornographic pictures, which virtually went everywhere. It turned quite a few users off, and Vine experienced a drop in their user base. While the service still exists, there is a slightly distasteful stigma starting to form.

Instagram Takes the Challenge

Feature Comparison, Vine and Instagram

Not one to give up on something that has proven very profitable, Instagram, the prime standard-bearer for posting photographs in retro filter, has decided to take up where Vine has been wavering. Just recently the photo-posting app has announced that it would be adding a video feature to its services. Unlike Vine, Instagram users would have a far longer recording time: a full fifteen seconds. It might be a split-second of life, but it does provide a bigger window for users who might want a quick shout-out to friends and family. Maybe they want to capture a moment in their daily adventures, or an unusual moment they managed to catch in time. 

Since a great deal of celebrities are already on Instagram, it is quite likely that they could use the new video feature to not just send their fans and friends photos of what’s going on in their movie or TV shows—they could have little fifteen-second teasers or glimpses into their day-to-day activities.

 
Still, there are concerns. While Instagram does have a proliferation of artists who post their works on it, it also will not be unlikely that the service will be used at some point for more explicit activities (it’s how the Internet just is). Will Instagram manage to survive what Vine may not? It remains to be seen. 

Author’s Bio:
Leslie Young is a Blogger, web designer and developer for 3 years. She attributes her work to several blog sites that is relevant to her field of work. She generally writes about business communication, telecommunications such as business phones and cloud phones, as well as all the newest gadgets which include smartphones and tablets. Follow her Google+.

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