Dubbed as a cross between YouTube, Instagram and GIF, the service allows users to upload short self-recorded video clips online. The app is available from the iOS app store with Twitter looking to make it available on other platforms in the foreseeable future. You don’t need to have a twitter handle to use the service but it is ‘quicker if you do’.
As ever with Twitter, there is a limitation to the length of the content you can post, which has been set at six seconds.
The app offers unlimited free uploads and some expect it to become the video version of photo sharing app Instagram, bought by Facebook in 2012.
The rivalry between the two dominating social networks remains ongoing with the Telegraph reporting that Facebook has already disabled Vine users from finding Facebook friends through the service. It could be that this is Facebook’s rebuttal to Twitter’s removal of the same service from Instragram following the $715 million purchase last year.
Twitter said of the launch: “Today we’re introducing Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.