Vine: the video app explained

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There are literally thousands of mobile phone apps popular with young people for communicating with their friends.

In recent years, as smartphone technology improved, video messaging has come to the fore.

And Vine, an app which allows users to record and share 7-second videos, is, despite being less than 2 years old, one of the most popular.

What is Vine?

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Vine is an app – owned by Twitter – which can be downloaded free from the Apple app store, the Windows Phone Store or from the Android platform, Google Play.

Once downloaded, users can sign in using their Twitter credentials (or through using their email).VineSide

The app allows users to record videos of up to seven-seconds.

It allows users to edit in a live format through its requirement that users touch their screen to record and release to stop recording.

The app also captures sound.

Once recorded, users can share the video they have recorded through the Vine social network or via Twitter or Facebook.

Benefits

It’s worth pointing out that the app has been used by many, including journalists and advertisers, to document real-life situations.

Daily, Vine is used to record various different live events, for example, it was used by both protesters and journalists during the Ukrainian uprising

Indeed for young people, it allows them to express themselves using modern technology.

Here’s some great examples of innovative ways to use the app to create short and stylish videos:

And given that it is free to download and use, in the main, the app is a fantastic, innovative tool for innovative young minds.

Here Edutopia outline some great examples of how the app can be used in the classroom

The risks

However, many media outlets have reported that the app has been used in the past to record and publish pornographic material and other abuse imagery.

While there are terms of use age limits of 17 and over, as with much online social networking, this is virtually impossible to police.

Indeed, the site has a full listing of its rules listed online, including bans against impersonation, violence and threats, and inappropriate content.

Last year, many social networking websites, such as Vine, were forced to increase their minimum age rules from 12 to 17 as a result of the spreading of inappropriate content.

While adult-only content is frequent, once used in a safe manner, it can be avoided.

Conclusion

Overall, we think the app is a great tool that young people can use in a safe and original way.

Certainly for those wanting to take a first step in video production, Vine provides free and easy-to-use tools that will enable young people to be creative.

And that’s what the internet is all about: giving everyone the space to be themselves in a creative and innovative way.

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