How to use Vine and Twitter to shout brief videos.

How to use Vine and Twitter to shout brief videos

Vine is a video-sharing platform that, like Twitter, is all about abbrevation. Rather than posting videos that can go on for some time, like on YouTube, Vine videos can only last 6 seconds and are designed to loop much like animated GIF images. The shortened format is very similar to Twitter's 140-character text limit on tweets, and is a big reason why the startup app was so attractive to Twitter. Twitter bought Vine and has now incorporated the video service into Tweets. Video uploaded from your Vine account are posted directly onto the Twitter Card of your tweets like images.

Both companies claim that the restraints they impose on our communication (140 characters or 6 seconds) serve to inspire creativity. While that's certainly true some of the time, the bottom line here is that businesses can now post video to Twitter, albeit really, really short video. One fantastic aspect of the service is that your video clips do include audio, so you also get 6 seconds to speak directly to your Twitter followers.

Here's an example of what it looks like:

Holding hands at Tilden park

— James Buckhouse (@buckhouse) January 24, 2013

Note that from the Twitter Card, you can follow the account, retweet or favorite the tweet, embed it as we have done here, and even mute or unmute the video audio.

To get started, you will need to download the Vine app which is currently only available on the iOS platform [iTunes download link], but the company states that they are working on additional platforms, so we can expect an Android release soon. You can create a new account on Vine or connect using your Twitter account. Once you've logged in, the first screen is the Home screen which shows the latest videos. From there, you can tap the video icon in the upper right corner to begin creating your first video. Vine will walk you through the process, but the idea is that you will tap and hold, then release to create a short video clip. You can then tap, hold and release to add additional clips until you've completed your 6 second video. 6 seconds may not seem like a lot of time, but it's actually a great opportunity to quickly demonstrate a product, share a few tips, or introduce a company.

Try it out, and let us know what you think in the comments below!


2018 Blogging Planner

DISCLOSURE: Many of the links in the article above, and throughout this site, are affiliate links. While there's no additional cost to you, any purchases made via those links may earn me a commission. Rest assured, only products and services which have been rigorously tried and tested are reviewed, and those reviews are always thorough and honest. If you benefited from my review and have a genuine interest in the linked product, your use of the affiliate link is appreciated and allows me to continue writing these kinds of helpful articles. Current examples include Agorapulse, Tailwind, Wishpond or SEMrush. Please also note that I am employed by SiteSell as their Chief Marketing Officer and am fully authorized to share product and company information from extensive personal experience.

Mike Allton, Content Marketing Practitioner

Mike is a Content Marketing Practitioner - a title he invented to represent his holistic approach to content marketing that leverages blogging, social media, email marketing and SEO to drive traffic, generate leads, and convert those leads into sales. He is an award-winning Blogger, Speaker, and Author at The Social Media Hat, and Brand Evangelist at Agorapulse (formerly CMO at SiteSell).

As Brand Evangelist, Mike works directly with other social media educators, influencers, agencies and brands to explore and develop profitable relationships with Agorapulse.