Vine: Test driving Twitter’s new video-sharing app

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Every once in a while, there’s an app or website debut that grabs the internet’s attention. A while back it was Pinterest – I remember those few days I was frantically pinning everything I could find.

Today, it’s Vine.

Twitter acquired the video-sharing service last year – before they hit any app store. The iOS-only app (for now) lets you create a six-second video, but it differs from other video-sharing apps by letting you take multiple shots, then automatically combining them into one GIF-like sequence. People were having all kinds of fun with this today, making their food disappear or creating animated cartoons.

But like most new apps, Vine has its problems. Many tech bloggers have pointed out the privacy issues – right now you are unable to create a private Vine account, which means anybody using the service can potentially see what you post. There’s also the Facebook-integration issue. We know Twitter and Facebook aren’t playing so nice right now (recently, FB-acquired Instagram stopped allowing users to embed Instagram photos directly in their Twitter feeds). And now with Vine, you won’t be able to find your Facebook friends using the new service. FB has reportedly pulled the feature from the app.

While Vine is certainly grabbing a lot of attention with its debut, will it have staying power? Or will it be just another tech novelty that grabs our attention for a few days and kind of fizzles out?

Here are a few things people are saying about Vine around the web….

– Craig Kanalley over the Huffington Post on how Facebook and Twitter aren’t playing well together, and why the user loses

– All Things D on some of the privacy issues on launch day, and Twitter’s response to them

– CNN has six ways Vine could change Twitter

So, have you used Vine yet? I would love to hear what you think about the new app in the comments below.

You can follow me on Vine (just search for Marcus Leshock).

Also feel free to follow me on Twitter (@MarcusLeshock) and subscribe on Facebook.

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