Vine to Shutdown Social Network, But Not Camera App
Twitter-owned Vine says its application and looping videos will live on even though the social network itself is shutting down. In January, the company plans to transition the Vine app as it is today to a simpler Vine Camera. The camera will serve as a tool for recording and making the six-second looping videos for which Vine is famous. People will be able to save those loops and share them with other social networks. The company says it will help people transition their Vine followers to Twitter, which will support the looping videos. All users' videos will remain on the vine.co web site. Twitter originally announced plans to shut down Vine in October.
Vine Making Major Changes, Expands Video Length
Vine today announced a significant shakeup to its core product that it hopes will entice more people to use the video-looping app. Vine is now allowing people to capture and attach video up to 140 seconds, a huge increase from the 6-second limit that's been a core part of the service since it launched.
Vine Adds Music to Video Loops
Vine has updated its Android and iOS apps with a new feature allowing users to easily attach music to their videos. A function called Snap to Beat makes it easy to create what Vine refers to as perfect loops, or soundtracks that loop seamlessly with no breaks.
Vine Adds 'Watch' Button to Encourage Viewing
Vine today provided an update to its Android and iOS apps, making it easier to view videos. The app has added a Watch button that, when pressed, will play all the videos in a given channel without stopping.
Vine for Windows Phone Earns Significant Update
Vine today released a major update to its application for Windows Phones that brings the app more in line with the versions for Android and iOS. The app now has more ways to import video, including from the camera roll.
Instagram to Reveal How Many Times Videos Are Watched
Instagram today said users will soon see how many views their video posts receive. Instagram says it is adding this data because view counts are "the most widely expected form of feedback on video." The view count will appear where previously the app showed the number of likes.