So you may have heard about this little app called Vine and are thinking WHY all the buzz? Vine is a creation from those people who made Twitter.While it launched on January 24, 2013 – less than a week live and this app is already a favorite by mini.
What is Vine App
Vine is a mobile app that displays short video clips (6 seconds in length). The videos are user created via the app and resemble animated gifs. The video is actually an MP4 format. You can follow people and their videos will show in your stream (similar to Twitter). You can explore of follow various hash tags to view certain niches.
Here is a sample video of what a Vine Video looks like:
How to Use Vine App
Download the Vine app – currently available for iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) – it’s free. Follow the step by step instructions to easily make your 6 second video. You can create a continuous clip by holding the screen for the complete 6 seconds or by stopping and starting the clip (by touching and releasing the screen) to create a stop motion like video. Click next, type a description of your video and SHAZAM you are Vinging!
Vine for Android
Vine for Android is currently in development (as well as several other platforms as I can only imagine). Currently this app is only available for iOS (iphone and iPod Touch).
Let’s create some words for this new way of communicating. Possibly Silly or HasTooMuchTime would be great – but really — Vining – like Tweeting. Tweeter = Viner – I don’t know but we shall see. I’ve seen a blast of people starting to jump on this trend. While it is really silly and some people have well way too much time, it’s an interesting way to lose track of time. The OCD in me has me watching video after video. Even though it’s kind of dumb, it’s still my new favorite app – because at one time I thought Twitter was kind of dumb.
Follow Me On Vine
Follow me on Vine – DigitalMom
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There is currently no front camera option on Vine so oddly, if you want to video yourself it’s super awkward – like old school style! Hopefully they will change that, because good Lord teens are all about selfies and soon it will be video selfies.
Vine currently has 9662 followers on Twitter – 1/28/13 @vineapp – interested to see how fast that grows.
What Do You Think of the Vine App?
It’s a sign of the times. Twitter is breaking news. Tonight I logged on to Twitter, and this is the first tweet that I see.
Osama Bin Laden is Dead – Twitter Changes News Game
Osama Bin Laden is Dead
Curious as it’s 10:30 pm-ish at night – which means an hour ahead in DC – Obama is on the screen delivering a live stream off of the White House’s website stating that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Yes, Osama Bin Laden is dead. The evil man who is reported to be behind the attacks of September 11th, as well as numerous other terrorist activities, is gone. He’s killed so many directly and indirectly – we’ve spent the last 9 and a half years seeking him out and now, he is dead – like that. It’s crazy to think of what exactly this means, and what it doesn’t mean.
Something else that I find crazy is that I found out as soon as the rest of the world did, on Twitter. I wasn’t watching television, like in previous fashion when learning about this – nope, I was online. On Twitter.
White House on Twitter
The White House joined Twitter and is great at keeping the Twitter world up to date with the latest. Thru-out the brief press conference, they tweeted the highlights of what President Obama was saying, keeping the Twitterverse up-to-date on all of the happenings surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
You can follow the White House on Twitter at @whitehouse
Twitter is a Game Changer
Twitter is a game changer on how news is being delivered. In a typical day, I would not have been checking news sites at this hour. While sure, someone could have tweeted a link, the fact we learned this information about Osama’s death directly from our President via a web stream – is a game changer on how news is delivered.
The White House Tweets Osama Bin Ladens Death Announcement
It’s crazy to think that the Twitter social network is now where I am getting my news. What does this mean for the future?
A few months ago I turned 32. A co-worker of mine stopped by my office and asked if I had checked my physical inbox lately. Uhm, nope (confession, I forget that I have a mailbox at work).
I strolled to the mailroom and found the simplest birthday greeting that couldn’t of been more perfect. Except this birthday greeting was a tweet on paper.
Twitter + Paper = Paper Tweet = BRILLIANT!
A Paper Tweet
It’s a tweet, but put on paper. Customized to me. BRILLIANT.
The Perfect Gift for the Twitter Obsessed
Need a gift for a friend who is slightly Twitter obsessed? Look no further – these Paper Tweets come in Notepads.
Paper Tweet Notepads are available from Knock Knock. This description from Amazon is priceless:
Ever wish you could tell someone how you feel, but the words don’t come? With Knock Knock’s portable, communicatory Nifty Notes, you can pass judgment, spit wit, and even apologize. With hilarious and non-passive-aggressive interpretations of etiquette and conversation, our Nifty Notes will help you get your point across – one sheet at a time. Get on the social networking bandwagon with a cutting-edge note pad! The wireless miracle of pen and paper will have you expressing your mundane, or even pressing, thoughts anytime, anywhere! Did you lose your cell, did your battery run out of juice? Don’t worry, we have your social networking fall back. Knock Knock’s Paper Tweet note pad is just what one needs in these desperate times. Pad even works out of cell tower range. Note pad is 4 x 5.25-inches with 50 sheets with an adhesive binding.
You can find the Paper Tweet Notepads and start giving your own Paper Tweets at Amazon.com.
Thank You Hanna!
Thank you @HannaB! I keep this in my desk and smile at it each time I open my drawer.
I admit, there are days I spend TOO much time on Twitter. The constant tweets filling my feed with no pause button, it’s addicting.
Ever since jumping on the hottest social media bandwagon, Twitter – my time has been, well let’s just say I am sure there are far better things that I could be doing with my time.
David Letterman Top 10 Signs You Spend Too Much Time on Twitter
Leave it to the hilarious David Letterman to create a top 10 signs you spend TOO much time on Twitter. Enjoy, these are hilarious and a sure sign of the times that Twitter is the hot new thing. Make sure to watch the video below!
10. You miss son’s soccer game waiting for Lady Gaga to post what she had for lunch
9. You answer the phone: “Twello?”
8. You’ve spent millions developing iPhone waterproofing technology so you can tweet in the shower.
7. You haven’t touched your CB radio in months.
6. You ask yourself, “What would Jesus tweet?”
5. You sleep-tweet.
4. No number 4 — Writer on Twitter.
3. You stopped paying attention to this list after the first 140 characters.
2. Even Ashton Kutcher thinks you Tweet too much.
1. Walking in on the Landscaper “retweeting” your wife.
Do You Spend Way Too Much Time on Twitter?
I am trying to spend less time on this new social network, but since my job requires it – my efforts are pointless. What about you? Do you spend too much time on Twitter?
With the David Letterman top 10-ing Twitter, this means one thing for sure. Twitter has made it. I can’t wait to see where this 140-character platform goes on to do next.
PS: In Twitter news – Twitter acquired the iPhone app Tweetie (I HEART TWEETIE!). Tweetie will be renamed to Twitter for iPhone and the price will be dropped from $2.99 to FREE!
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The Words with Friends app is my new obsession. I confessed, now can we just get back to playing the game?
Words with Friends App Review
Obsessed? Yes, maybe I am a little. If you have an iPhone or an Apple iPod Touch, what are you waiting for? Download the Words with Friends app!
What is Words with Friends?
Let me explain the Words with Friends app. If you have played Scrabble before, this game will totally be familiar to you. Except instead of a board game – you are playing this on your phone. This game gives chat and multi-game options. That’s right, you can play multiple games of Words with Friends at once!
This game has been spreading like wildfire. Not only because, who doesn’t love a game of Scrabble (I mean, Words with Friends) – but you can play whenever with whoever. The real viral-ness has come out of the invite friends from Facebook and Twitter function.
How to Play
With a simple click, you can share your username on your Twitter or Facebook world. By clicking on this, you open yourself up to playing Words with Friends with your closest Twitter and Facebook friends. This is exactly why I downloaded the app, to begin with. My friends on Facebook started inviting me to play WWF. And then after seeing a ton of buzz on Twitter, I knew I had to download this game to see what it’s all about.
Here we are, a few weeks after I have downloaded the app and now I am totally addicted. Again, if you love Scrabble or word games, this word game app is for you.
I am going to mention this just one last time, this game is VERY addictive. Want to see? Play me, search for my username: DigitalMom don’t leave me hanging, and don’t cheat!
Learn more about the game here.