Twitter, famous for their 140-character text updates, has decided that attaching and embedding images and video into tweets isn't enough for Twitter users. In an announcement, it was revealed that now, Images and Video will appear in the Twitter stream as previews, and that the multimedia can now be shared without any text at all.
Just like Instagram, Facebook and Google+, interestingly.
Launched by Twitter, Vines are succinct videos that are six seconds or less and play on a continuous loop. According to studies from Unruly Media, a branded Vine is four times as likely to be watched on Twitter than a branded video. Five Tweets per second also contain a Vine link. But perhaps most impressive is that Vine just launched in January, and in less than a year amassed tens of millions of users.
I first read and fell in love with A Game of Thrones back in 1998. I waited a year for the second volume in the series to come out, then another year for the third volume... after discovering that author George R.R. Martin decided to extend the series from a trilogy all the way to seven volumes... and waited five then six years for volumes four and five, respectively.