You have 6 seconds to impress.
In October of 2012, Twitter announced the launch of its new social media platform, the ever-popular video app, Vine. Vine allows users to create videos up to 6 seconds long by putting their finger on the screen to record, and lifting it to stop. As a result, these videos made strictly on touch-screen hand-held devices can be cut as many times as possible within 6 seconds.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Vine, however, is how society chooses to use it.
While there are, of course, plenty of people who make the typical videos displaying their daily activities, pets eating food, how bored they are in class, etc., an extremely high volume of Vine users’ videos are nothing short of absolute six-second hilarity.
Vine has created an outlet for independent comedians, whether intentional or accidental, to show just how entertaining they can be.
However, it’s not just we small people who avidly create via Vine. The app has been used by former-runway-model-turned-crazy-person Tyra Banks to create videos where she is either explaining the proper use of the word “Vine” or … well … losing her mind. Bands, such as Columbia Records’ pop sensation Big Time Rush, have used the app to promote new albums. Nev Schulman from MTV’s social media-based reality show Catfish used Vine to make videos informing fans of the start of the show’s second season.
Available on the iPhone, Android, and the Windows 8 phone, Vine became the number one most-downloaded free app from the iOS App store in April, followed by personal media-sharing app (and competition) Instagram, although the app it is now number eleven in the charts. With all this chatter about hilarious videos, you may not know where to begin searching the Vine archives.
Fortunately, the Internet exists, and the majority of laughter-inducing Vines have been uploaded online via the app itself, or to other video-hosting sites such as YouTube, Tumblr, Vinebox, or Seenive. Additionally, I have compiled my personal favorites throughout this article, so you need not look further. Be sure to download Vine yourself, though, and join in on the six-second revolution.
Oh, what’s that you say? Why yes, I am a self-proclaimed Vine-artist myself. Hold your applause.