Blog Tip: Got Vine?

January 28, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Vine all of a sudden so of course, I joined, and of course, I gave it a try. It’s a bit like the Tout app (I told you about Tout already here) but you can stop and start your video several times during recordings which gives you the added bonus to experiment with your very own stop motion video creation – which I think is fun!

Blog Tip: Got Vine?

I also like that the Vine format is nearly one-to-one with Instagram and though I do not like seeing sameness on one hand, yet on the other it works because now I don’t have to learn how to navigate yet another app that I use. Here is an example of what you can do on Vine below if you’re a blogger, for instance. You can share things that you love quickly and easily…

I uploaded the little clip above of some of my current favorite books (your Vine videos are saved in your camera roll) to Vimeo but you can also look at the source code of your Vine video in a browser if you don’t feel like doing it that way and simply copy the Mp4 file, paste the link of the file into a new browser window and download it, then upload to Vimeo or YouTube or where you personally like to host your video files. Easy!

Bright Side: You can use Vine to give your fans a glimpse into your day, show a very quick DIY project, share a quick book review, try stop motion animation and share other things that your readers may enjoy. It’s very easy to use which is both good and bad – as a blogger, you really need to consider that your image can be impacted in a positive or negative way by the content you are pushing out there. My advice is to avoid using it for just anything – put a little thought into it – allow it to push you in a creative sense – what could you do with it that would be fun and exciting for you and to your fans?

Dark Side: This could potentially become a playground for amateur p*rn vids or ones featuring violence, drug use, etc. The volume of obscene videos are on the rise so I’m concerned especially since some of it involves minors. Just be careful because there is no adult content filter – most of us are used to being able to have a choice as to whether or not we come across nudity (or other) on photo sharing sites – not on Vine. You most likely won’t find this stuff though unless you search for it.

Note: Vine only gives you 6 seconds of video making time and Tout gives you 15 seconds only Tout doesn’t (yet) give you the ability to stop and start video during recording, so you can get as much done in 6 seconds on Vine as you can on Tout if you record your video with a little thought. Also, Vine was purchased by Twitter so that is why you can easily tweet your videos using Vine.

Will you use Vine? How will you use it for blogging? Any ideas as to how you see it being used by bloggers? Would love your feedback. More and more I think video will blow up online but in ways we may not expect… And with the rise of these micro-video apps I think my predictions are slowly coming true.

(video: holly becker for vine)


  • Reply Igor January 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I must admit I like it. I’ve been playing around since yesterday and I like the usability of the app which is mainly due to the resemblance to Instagram. I like the fact that I can now start experimenting with a new tool and think of video content for blogging. I am curious where this will lead to in the blogger scene. As for the ‘dark side’, I am alert, I hope Vine will find a good solution in case this takes overhand. We will see.

  • Reply Christine January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for this, Holly! Vine sounds like a good tool, and vlogging is all the rage at the moment, just sad they only allow Apple users to download the app – that’s still a problem with many apps!!

    Therefore, will check out Tout. Thanks!

  • Reply Paula Kathlyn January 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    So far, I really love it! Although, the inappropriate content worries me. I wish there was some sort of approval system to prevent that kind of thing.

  • Reply Paula Kathlyn January 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    So far, I really love it! Although, the inappropriate content worries me. I wish there was some sort of approval system to prevent that kind of thing.

  • Reply Tricia January 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I see this being great for art bloggers. I’m planning on using it to share sketchbook pages, mini tutorials, artwork as I’m making it, peeks into my studio. I know I love to see photos of in progress works, so I think it will be fascinating to get to see videos from art bloggers.

    Thanks for the tip on saving your videos. I hadn’t realized yet that they are saved to the camera roll!

  • Reply Jem January 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Previously I had used Cinemagram for short little videos but the integrated social networking and stop motion on offer with Vine really appeals. I downloaded it earlier today and as yet haven’t used it – I think I’ll experiment with it over a week or two and see how I feel. I do love sharing the odd little video or gif on the blog as I feel it can be so much more personal used well :-)

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Lauren January 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    My husband just introduced me to Vine over the weekend and I’m kind of excited about it. However, I tried to make a video this morning and keep getting either an “upload failed” or “waiting” message. I’m going to keep playing around with it today and see what I can figure out.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      @Lauren – I didn’t get error messages but it ate two videos that I put a lot of effort into – lost forever – so that was a bit annoying for me today but oh well… It’s new, I’m thinking they will have bumps along the way…

  • Reply Molly {Dreams in HD} January 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    i just downloaded vine this weekend, but haven’t really gotten around to figuring it out yet. thanks for the tip on saving the videos!

  • Reply YOLONDA January 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I have vine on the iPhone, but haven’t used it. Will give it a try this week.

  • Reply tina @ colourliving January 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you Holly for this concise description. It exploded on my twitter feed today.

    I will now go and experiment! No doubt, we’ll all find interesting ways to use it.

  • Reply Gretchen January 29, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Just joined today. Still on the fence on how much I will use it. But I do enjoy watching the little videos that others post.

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread January 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’m really on the fence at the moment. I noticed that a number of people I follow in Instagram posted that they are on Vine so I downloaded it to check it out. I have to say that I wasn’t inspired by the dozen or so that I looked at. I LOVE Instagram for the lovely aesthetic that people show through their photos, but I didn’t get that from Vine… I’m still keen to watch it unfold and see where it heads.

  • Reply Sponsor January 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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    • Reply decor8 January 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      @Sponsor – I don’t do sponsored posts – never have. I’m not against it if others want to do sponsored posts on their blogs if it is CLEARLY marked as such but I don’t think sponsored posts would be a good match for me and for decor8. No one gives me free products or money to write about them. I am approached often by companies that want me to do sponsored posts and I always say “no thank you” – even if I LOVE the brand or would REALLY love free stuff *who doesn’t?! I still say no. If I talk about something on decor8 it is because I really like it and want to share it.

  • Reply Annette January 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I used it yesterday, honestly found it boring. Also saw alot of people doing video on themselves doing mundane things…meh.

    • Reply decor8 January 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      @Annette – I think you could change it up then – it’s a good chance to show everyone HOW to REALLY do it, right? Maybe some styling demos or something fun? :)

  • Reply Lauren January 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    @decor8: agreed! I ended up being able to post one of the videos, finally, but now can’t figure out how to link it to my blog, so I’m still working on that part :) Sometimes I feel like an 80 year old when it comes to technology…

  • Reply ClassiclyAmber January 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I also started my account w/Vine yesterday and am finding a mix of people who post lackluster vids – and people who post more creative ones [like yours, Holly! ;) ]. I mostly love this app and hope I can post my own video clips soon. Someone else mentioned getting a repeated error message when trying to upload and that’s exactly what’s been happening to me. Poo! It’s a cool app because it’s like IG with moving pictures! :D I hope that they add in more editing options in the future, too. Would rock, fo sho.

  • Reply Lena January 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t have an iphone (Yes, people like us do exist!) so for now I am just observing this whole thing from the outside until there is an android version. I like the stop motion part – I’ve done fun things with stop motion before, but it takes a lot of work and thought to do it well. The fact that it’s only 6 seconds is actually a plus, I think. A social network with moving images can only work with really short videos. I’m curious what people will come up with on vine to get the most out of it. I hope there’ll be some nice surprises and not just bad amateur videos of random things…

  • Reply Rhiannon January 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I haven’t downloaded it yet, so my thoughts are only based on what I’ve seen from others – but have to say so far, I feel it falls between two stools – neither a still ( where you can really appreciate an image ) nor a longer video that can have useful content. I can see a few situations where it might be nice – but mostly I’d prefer one of the other options. I do like video , and have made a few but this teeny tiny version isn’t tempting me.

  • Reply Wendy January 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    @Tricia: I don’t see my vine videos in my camera roll. This is one of my main frustrations – I don’t see the video anywhere if it doesn’t upload right away, and I’ve been assuming they are just lost. I also seem to have uploading problems most of the time I try to upload to vine. I use an ipod touch and wifi. Are the videos saved at the beginning of the camera roll, or somewhere not obvious?

  • Reply Melissa January 31, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I think I’m overly frustrated with this app. I waste too much time trying to redo videos that fail to upload. it may finally post after the seventh try. ugh. I’m pretty bored with some of the videos I’m seeing so far (not that I’ve posted anything exciting… Mostly just playing around).
    I found another app a few weeks ago called directr. it’s so much easier to use, and you can save videos that are still in progress. way more user friendly– it’s just a matter of getting people to “know about it”. you might like it.

  • Reply Jutta February 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I tried Vine yesterday. It’s dangerous, I got hooked immediately!! So much fun, I was making stop-motion animations instead of my 2-page to-do list!

  • Reply Liz March 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    we are loving vine. It is a great way to capture moments when you are travelling.

  • Reply Freeman Student April 2, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Vine is an incredibly entertaining social media tool. I currently use it to make funny little videos to share with my friends and to see the videos they make. Many celebrities are starting to use the Vine app as well. Users such as Jody Highroller and Chris Delia post hilarious vines multiple times a day that give glimpses into their daily lives. It’s a great social media service and I hope it gains traction and popularity.

  • Reply Dean May 4, 2013 at 7:11 am


    go to your ipod settings > privacy> photos > Vine and make sure vine is set to on.
    Without Vine being “on”, it wont post to your camera roll.

  • Reply chadtothebone September 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Vine has rekindled my love for art. I just uploaded a drawing time lapse/animation vine under the name above and would love some feedback.

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