Five places to view Vine videos outside Twitter

Five places to view Vine videos outside Twitter

Summary: Twitter has only just launched its Vine video service, but already sites are springing up to show Vine videos outside Twitter. Early examples include Vine Peek, Just Vined, Vinesmap, Vine Roulette and All Around the Vines.

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It's only four days since Twitter launched its Vine video service (see Vine: A new way to share video), but already sites are springing up to show Vine videos outside Twitter. The early runners include Vine Peek, Just Vined, Vinesmap, Vine Roulette and All Around the Vines. Users can also choose to post Vine videos on Tumblr or their own websites.

Vine is an Apple iPhone (and soon, Android) app that enables users to capture six seconds of video, post it to Twitter, and have it watched in their tweet. Viewers don't need to visit an external site.

Twitter is known for microcontent -- tweets are up to 140 characters long -- and Vine is a microcontent form of video, much like animated gif images.

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The Tate Gallery has used Vine to promote its exhibitions. Photo: ZDNet screen grab from All Around the Vines

At the moment, many people are still sending #firstvine tweets so the content is spectacularly mediocre. It started with quick views of journalists' desks, or coffee shops, and now seems to be used mainly for loops of small dogs and either babies or toddlers.

Obviously, television broadcasters and film makers are going to use it, as they already have suitable content. In the long run, however, the format could also appeal to companies as a short-form advertising or promotional vehicle. Users have set the quality bar so low that any well-crafted and preferably amusing vines could go viral.

People who don't use Vine, or don't even use Twitter, can also watch vines using one of the websites that have sprung up since the launch. These include:

Vine Peek

About as basic as it gets: it shows one random Vine video after another on a plain web page, but at a decent size.

Just Vined

Shows 20 vines at the same time in a page-filling display (which uses a lot more processing power). Clicking on a video shows it in a pop-up frame.

Vinesmap

Shows Vine videos in frames, overlaid on a map of the world. You can't click on a pin to run a video from a particular place, so the map doesn't add much.

Vine Roulette

The only one that has a search box, so you can type in a word and get related videos. Only one video runs at a time. (Note: uses Silverlight.)

All Around the Vines

The only one that fills the browser window with the Vine video, but then it puts the tweet on top.

If you know of any more good ones, please let me know in the comments below.

Please note that Vine videos are not moderated and some may be Not Safe For Work. Of course, this is also true of tweeted images.

Users with the Vine app can also abort the sending of their tweet, then look for the video in the camera roll. Vine video files are saved as MOV files that can be uploaded to other services. Vine videos can also be used on ordinary web pages. Drew B has explained the technique on his tech PR website: Hacking Vine: How to embed a Vine video on to your website.

 

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Jack Schofield

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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....

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  • Vine site

    Hey, Jack.

    My name is Mikey, I have also started a site called http://www.vineaholic.com where you can view vines outside a smart phone. I am going to be hosting contest with prize giveaways soon. If you can include my site that would be great!

    Have a good one!,
    Mikey
    VineAholic
    • request

      hey pls can you include some jane levy videos?
      janeLOVER
  • VineFav

    And here's another online vine viewer - http://vinefav.com - it is basically an infinite scroller of just-posted vine videos, in their original size and looped.
    yuraji
  • Another one Vine web browser

    I've found Vinebox.co recently, and I think it's much more convenient to use.
    Tom Crayg
  • Vine on Facebook

    You can also watch a lot of Vine videos on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/vineyardvids for example is one of them.
    Sven_Deha
  • Vine Seek

    There this one also: www.vineseek.net
    Andre Forest
  • Those are so slow

    Personally I use http://vinned.com/ - it's much faster. Content's way funnier too.
    Belineh
  • VineHot

    Also check out

    http://www.vinehot.com/

    which features funny Vine videos by attractive people...
    vinehot
  • ReVine King

    And also check this out. I can see hundreds of vines in this site:
    www.revineking.com
    They also have a facebook page
    www.facebook.com/revineking
    Funda Kalender
  • Revined.net

    You could take a look at www.revined.net it's a new community site for Vine creators and viewers, sign up submit your Vine get followers!
    Revinednet
  • FindVine.co shuold have been 1st on the list

    FindVine is the easy way to explore and share vine videos. You can find your cool vines searching by hashtag or username.
    It's very fast and has quite impressive results....
    Daniel Poitelea
  • Bottlr - the most complete Vine viewer

    I just found http://bottlr.co, it is by far the best viewer online.
    Pontus Abrahamsson
  • Try this

    Try http://vineos.org It's also a great website
    PieterH90
  • Other webite

    http://vineos.org

    A new vine viewer. In a few weeks with revine, follow,...
    PieterH90
  • vinesnap

    Most entertaining and best vine website to use without the overload is www.vinesnap.net
    rogriff@...