Students use new social media application

Charlotte Smith, features editor

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Vine is to videos as Twitter is to words.

Created by Twitter, Vine has gained popularity since its January 2013 release, taking the number one spot among free apps from Apple’s App Store.

In a statement released by Apple iTunes, “Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.”

Users can incorporate multiple clips into a six second, repetitive video.

“I think the six second maximum is good,” junior Vanesa Perez said. “Sometimes I can’t even fill it up.”

Due to controversy over the content of videos, the video sharing program earned an age rating of 17+. Certain videos included adult content, such as pornography, resulting in the removal of Vine from the Apple’s Editor’s Choice apps.

“I’ve seen one porn video,” senior Alex Deschamps said. “I thought it was very disgusting and vulgar. I was very troubled by it.”

While some use Vine for inappropriate means, others use it to socially interact with people.

“I use Vine to share and relate with my friends,” sophomore Leon Fomil said. “It’s really entertaining, especially when I’m bored or when something exciting happens that I want to show my friends.”

As technology has evolved to facilitate communication, the methods of social media have grown. Along with Vine, applications such as Instagram and Cinemagram allow users to post photos and videos to their followers.

“I really love Instagram,” senior Alli Carone said. “It’s so much fun to play around with different picture filters and then guess which ones your friends used on their pictures. I think

Instagram is a really unique and creative innovation, as is Vine. The only thing is Vine gives you more freedom.”

Many view these applications as more innovative than Twitter, which has a 140 character limit for all tweets.

“Pictures and videos speak a thousand words,” Deschamps said. “Twitter speaks maybe 20 words max.”

As society’s demand for instantaneous updates progress, so will the forms of coverage and sharing.

First status updates, then picture posting, and now video sharing, many ask, what’s next?

“I can’t imagine the day something more advanced than Vine comes out,” Carone said. “But I know it will happen, it always does.”

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