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Writers, illustrators and Twitter’s Vine app

(To stop the video above from repeating, just click on the image. To hear my riveting narration, click on the speaker icon.)

I recently downloaded the Vine app on my iPhone after hearing a lot of buzz about it. Vine is an app by Twitter that enables users to easily create short video (max 6 seconds) that they can share on social media like Twitter and Facebook. It’s sort of a cross between YouTube and Twitter, and has a clever interface that’s easy to use.

Videos will automatically start playing when you start browsing Vine, but you can pause any video by just tapping on it. Videos are on repeat play — this may sound odd and possibly annoying, but once you start using Vine you realize it’s for the user convenience. Since the videos are max 6 seconds long, chances are good that you’ll want to view a video at least twice. Recording a video is also super-easy — you just tap and hold the screen to record.

Some are experimenting with stop-motion animation. Labor-intensive, sure, but it’s only for max 6 seconds. Knowing that, even I will probably give it a shot in the future. 🙂

I’ve noticed a number of children’s book publishers, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators join Vine since it launched, though most have either not posted any videos yet or have only posted one or two test vids. It’s not yet clear whether Vine is going to take off. The interface needs some work (there is currently no way to share someone else’s video directly from the app) but I’m sure updates are coming.

It seems like the kind of app that could be a hit with younger readers, especially teens, once a few more features are added. Vine could be a great way for children’s/YA book authors and illustrators to connect with their audience.

The other reason I joined: it’s fun. 🙂 One of my favorite follows is Jed Whedon, who is the brother of producer/director/writer Joss Whedon, who has been posting mini-movies, musical clips and other interesting Vine experiments. Once Vine makes it easier to link directly to individual videos and userfeeds, I’ll list some kidlit/YA favorite follows as well.

If you do join Vine, feel free to follow me at “Debbie Ohi.”

I’ll be posting a follow-up later this year to let you all know if I’m sticking with Vine and why (or why not).


Twitter’s Vine Help page

How Writers & Readers Can Use Twitter’s Vine – by Sherri Rosen

Promote Your Book With Micro-Videos Via Vine – by Chris Robley

5 Things To Know As You Get Started With Vine – by Sharon Vaknin

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