Vine is so compelling it gets CrackBerry Kevin back on iPhone!

Vine is the Harry Potter-esque short moving picture app for iPhone acquired and launched by Twitter. Kevin Michaluk is the founder of Blackberry-focused website CrackBerry, and the chief media officer of Mobile Nations. The universe seemed to have ordained that never the two should meet. But someone found Kevin's iPhone, charged it, installed Vine, forced it into his BlackBerry Q10-cold, clawed hand, and somehow showed Kevin how to use it.

Turns out he's pretty damn good at it too. Here's what he's been up to.

And that just goes to show you, there are still iPhone-only apps so compelling they can get pretty much anyone back on the platform, at least for a while, at least until the novelty wears off, or the app gets ported.

I'm not sure how long Vine stays interesting for him, or for anyone right now. I've played with it a bit, but haven't used it much lately. We'll see how long Kevin lasts. As much as I just poked fun at the still app-starved other platforms, when (not if) Vine lands on Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone, like Twitter itself, usage will likely skyrocket. Communications thrives when it's accessible by everyone.

Let me know if you're using Vine, how much, and what if anything could make it even more useful to you?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Vine is so compelling it gets CrackBerry Kevin back on iPhone!


Lol. Oh Rene. Guess I'll have to blog up my Vine fetish on CrackBerry now and link back to this post. Way to link bait me. :)

But seriously, Vine is kinda fun. I love Instagram (yes, we have it working on BB10 unofficially), but I kinda like the extra level of difficulty and creativity required in spotting the opportunity to create a cool Vine. Now to get it on BlackBerry... 


I'm sure there will be a few Vine stars, but won't kill the Instagram star. Just as videos haven't killed the art of photography.

Making a good vine is hard though. Takes a lot of time. Instagram makes it easy for normal people to take pretty good photos (of course awesome photographers look awesome on Instagram too - great way to share). Snap a pic, crop, filter... Voila. Crappy vines just look crappy. Need to really give them thought.

That's kinds funny :)
There certainly are applications or OS capabilities on each platform that the others may not be able to boast about, yet. It's when it's something that ultimately stops you in making a decision to purchase a certain platform that it becomes of concern. Hadn't heard of or used Vine before reading this post (yes it is installing now as I write this comment), but most likely it'll hit the other platforms sooner than later... :)

I'll be honest, i love instagram. I like seeing pictures from people's lives. I just don't get the appeal of 5 second videos of like a shoe. But i actually really like instagram. I get to see what people do on their weekends, different parts of the world, i see fitness people and get great inspiration from their photos along with great ideas for healthy eating, as they take pictures of their diet, not to mention there's some really great photography from professionals that post their images.

like anything it's not for everybody. Like Vine is not my thing. To each his own. You can't expect people to like everything. Hell for a very very long time i "didn't get" twitter. At all.

Cool stuff. Haven't gotten on Vine yet. Not have I seen any shared on my Facebook wall. Does it have easy sharing to Facebook? Or is it Vine sharing only? Just trying to figure out if I am only not seeing them because no one is using it or because it doesn't integrate well with Facebook.

Crackberry Kevin also got iMore Rene to post a looping video of a bunch of BlackBerry phones on the iMore homepage ;)

Vine is an interesting concept, but I haven't found it useful yet. I did search Vine after the Boston bombing suspect was captured and enjoyed the "USA" celebration videos. Definitely that was Vine at its best!

I really don't have much interest in seeing all my non-creative friends with yet another platform to barrage me with their clever ideas. Instagram and twitter are quite enough :)