Happy birthday, Vine. You’re officially one year old. Unofficially, you’re a few months older. The app soft-launched in the summer of 2012. By October of that year, Twitter acquired the app and its tiny three-person development team
On Jan. 24, 2013, Twitter released Vine into the wild. Now, 365 days, millions of Vine videos and at least 40 million users later, Vine is a social platform unto itself, albeit with very strong ties to parent Twitter
It’s also unique in the social media space as a tool perceived, almost exclusively, as a creativity platform. Twitter’s first post about the Vine app explained, “Like tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (six seconds or less) inspires creativity."
Vine videos can be no longer than six seconds, but early adopters soon found you could fit a world of creativity, entertainment and information into that short space. The iPhone app’s (now on Android and Windows Phone, too) pioneering ability to capture and string together multiple snippets of video with a series of taps led almost immediately to Vine Read more...