Who videos short shorts? Instagram? Vine?
Well, maybe not enough people – or so it might seem.
Twitter moved late last week to (finally) link Vine users (Viners? Vidvitners? Vidners?) to their corresponding Twitter accounts. One would have thought this would be the first task accomplished back in 2013 when Twitter bought the 7-second video app. But, no. And by the summer of 2013, Facebook-owned Instagram rolled out its 14-second video component and most phone videographers said, “Vine, what?”
So, now, after much thought and contemplation apparently, Twitter decided to it would be a good idea to link users’ Vine accounts to their Twitter accounts and vice-versa. Let’s be clear, though. While Twitter and Vine accounts have always been “linked” it hasn’t been a given that Vine videos show up in Twitter accounts.
“If you’ve connected your Twitter and Vine accounts, your Twitter account will appear on your Vine profile and other areas of the app,” explains the Vine blog. “And a new Twitter setting lets creators choose to show their Vine account on their Twitter profile.”
Got that? Good. This is only for iOS users initially but Vine promises an Android update soon.
Twitter users will be able to click to Vine accounts of those they follow on the micro-blog.
“A new setting will let you choose to show and link to your Vine account from your Twitter profile,” explains Vine. “This means that when people to go your Twitter profile, they’ll see our icon alongside your total loops. When they tap that link, they’ll be taken straight to your account on Vine.”
Boomerang to Instagram
Meanwhile, over at Instagram, it rolled out a new app, Boomerang, which transforms quickly-snapped photos and coverts them into 1-second GIF-ish videos – shareable of course to all the other social networks to which one can share Instagram photos & videos.
“Press a button (after shooting pix) and the app does the rest,” says the Instagram blog. “Boomerang takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. Shoot in portrait or landscape. Share it on Instagram. Boomerang automatically saves it to your camera roll.”
And this comes to both iOS and Android.
Yea, 14-second videos are not cool; 7-second videos are not cool. Know what’s cool? 1-second videos. (Which can’t, of course possibly explain Boomerang. Thus the longer video:)