Ok, we all know and love/hate Facebook and Twitter already, along with maybe a smattering of Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. Enough is enough you'd think, right? Not true - the brainiacs in Silicon Valley have come up with another addictive and popular social network called Vine. Brought to us by some of the minds behind Twitter, Vine is like the video version of Twitter. While Twitter limits your comments to 140 characters or less, Vine limits your videos to 6 seconds. Also, there is no editing, uploading, or messing around. Just record your video, share it, and you're done. You can use Vine to take people on a tour of your picture framing store, demonstrate a new framing technique, do a micro-interview with a customer, or something totally wild.
Vine exists only on our smart phones - if you go to https://vine.co/ you will be given a link to click on so you can download the free app from the iTunes or Google marketplace.
Install the app on your smart phone and create an account. Once you have created your account and you are logged in, you will be on your home page. First you'll want to connect with people - because really, what's the point of joining a social network if you don't connect with anyone? To do this, click on the House icon at the upper-left, and select Profile. Take a picture of yourself for your profile, and then click on the Settings button to find people to connect with.
Scroll down to the Friends section, and click on Find People. Under the @ sign, you can find contacts from your phone who are on Vine. Allow the Twitter section to access your contacts to find people who you are following on Twitter to connect with on Vine.
Also be sure to Connect to your social networks if you want to share your Vine videos beyond the Vine network.
Ok, the boring part is done - now the fun part. To create a video, click on the video camera icon in the upper right-hand corner.
To start recording your video, simply hold your finger down on the screen. You'll see a green bar start to scroll across the top of the screen. To stop recording, remove your finger from the screen. To resume recording within the same video, hold your finger down on the screen again. Vine stitches the sequentially recorded videos into one Vine video for you. When your 6 seconds are up, the movie will start playing (it keeps looping back to the beginning when it gets to the end) and a check mark will display at the bottom. In 6 seconds you can usually fit in 4-7 separate mini shots without it going to quickly.
If you like how it looks, click the check mark to share. If you don't like it, hit the X at the top of the screen and start over. Like I said, there is no editing or going back. Give the video a caption, select a location, and choose which social networks (in addition to Vine) with which you want to share the video. Like the button says, click Done when you're Done.