Vine is taking on chat apps with video messaging update

The next big thing for video-snippet service Vine is a private messaging feature that marks a foray into territory dominated by Snapchat and WhatsApp—visual texting, you could say. Or maybe a Twitterfied version of Skype. Or just an excuse to avoid stringing a sentence together!  

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The Twitter app promised us “an entirely new way to communicate with friends,” and once we fought through a few glitches, we found that to be more or less true, minus the whole “entirely new” thing. (You can’t tell from this screenshot, but my sunglasses fell into place perfectly.)

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Really, the largest impact here is likely the introduction of a new initialism: “VM” (for “Vine message”) will join the ranks of “RT,” “MT,” “TL,” and “DM,” assuming people start thinking of Vine as more than an outlet for perpetually looped college-bro pranks and porn-star preening.

We know there’s at least one guy excited about this update, however.


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Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'