I confess. I like Vine. I used it yesterday for the first time and have been having some fun the past 24 hours making my own Vine creations (yes, I've been walking around the past 24 hours with 3 phones in my pocket... Z10 / Q10 / iPhone 5). You can check out my first Vine attempts below. The roof top one is pretty epic. *Note - It appears embedded Vines don't seem to play too nice on the CB10 app or on the BB10 web browser, so hit up a desktop if you're not experiencing them in their full awesomeness*
If you're not familiar, Vine is an app that is Instagram-like in nature, but instead of sharing still photos you share six second looping animations. They're similar to camera-made animated gifs where you cut together still images in a row, or you can also simply record a straight six second video clip.
Right now the Vine app is only available for the iPhone, but Twitter owns Vine so we'll likely see it hit more platforms in the months ahead. I actually signed up for Vine back in January when it first launched so I could grab my @crackberrykevin handle just in case Vine did become the next big thing, but I never actually used it or paid much attention to what it was really about.
Then yesterday afternoon I was hunting around CB HQ for one of my misplaced SIM cards as I made the move over from my black Q10 to my white Q10, and I picked up my iPhone which I haven't touched in months to see if it had a SIM in it. When I turned it on I saw the Vine app and tapped it open. Unbeknownst to me until that moment, I discovered I already had over 300 subscribers even though I had never yet made a Vine, so I decided I would attempt one.
The process of making a Vine is easy, though it immediately became apparent to me that making an awesome Vine is much more difficult. You need to be creative. You need to look at your surroundings differently. And with only a six second time limit to cram your Vine into, you need to be clever. Once you decide you want to make a Vine of something, it's almost like a puzzle solving game trying to figure out how to do it up best. I don't know... there was just something about the process of making a Vine that I liked.
Will Vine become the next Instagram? I honestly don't know. What I do know is that my 24 hour Vine experience reminded me that I hate it when an app I want isn't available for BlackBerry. I'm
vining pining for the day when new apps will hit BlackBerry -- and all mobile platforms for that matter -- at the same time. I wish apps were like the web. You build a website once (to standards) and it will work across Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. You don't build a website for each web browser. Yet when it comes to apps, that's essentially what we see going on still. There are possible solutions, like HTML 5, that are moving us in this direction, but we still have a way to go before this day hits.
With BlackBerry Live coming up soon, we'll have a check in with BlackBerry on how their drive for apps is coming along - hopefully they'll have some updates and announcements for us. In the meantime, enjoy my Vines, and drop a comment. Like Vine? Or think it's a waste of time? Let me know in the comments!