Twitter has announced Vine, a new service and app it has aquired that allows you to record and share videos. The videos are very short, with a limit of six seconds for each post. Twitter announced the launch on their blog:
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.
Vine also commented briefly on the acquisition:
We're also happy to share the news that Vine has been acquired by Twitter. Our companies share similar values and goals; like Twitter, we want to make it easier for people to come together to share and discover what's happening in the world. We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it's through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video.
Videos are recorded by holding a finger on the screen until you have captured the video that you wanted. Playing videos in the app is a simple matter of scrolling to the video you want to see, then it plays on a loop until you scroll to another video. You can sign in to Vine with your Twitter account or email address.
Videos can be shared with Twitter and Facebook, and Vine says that more sharing options are coming down the road. You can download Vine for free right now.
Update: We've posted a Vine review to better describe some of the issues we're all facing.