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Vine is taking on chat apps with video messaging update
For when an emoji just won’t cut it.
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!
Photo via blog.vine.co
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.)
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.
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.'