Tag Archive | Vine

Link: Mashable’s Twitter round-up


In the past year, Twitter has experienced a lot of change. From management to software, it is hard to keep track of it all.

Mashable posted a run-down of all of these developments.  Click here to read more.


Link: CNN on outstanding Vine and Instagram videos

In the past week or so, there have been quite a few technology announcements relating to videos.  With the release of Instagram Video, it seems like everyone is getting on the short video bandwagon. With the time constraints instituted by Vine and Instagram, creating a memorable video can be tough.

CNN aired a video segment about this video technology with a corresponding article features some general tips.

First off, you should be picky about your subject without lingering too long on one image.

You also want to pay attention to audio. For example, if you want to create a video where you pan around your office, make sure that there isn’t any outside audio that may ruin the shot.  Check your phone’s settings; if your phone is on silent mode, you will not hear audio during playback.   Make sure the sound settings are right on so that those viewing the video will only hear what you want them to hear.

Play around with the app. Experimentation is a good thing and can only help you become more comfortable with the technology.

With these points, you can easily create and publish videos promoting yourself and your work.

The article also features examples of successful Vine and Instagram videos, including short tutorials, use of stop-motion, and cute animals.

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Instagram launches Vine-like videos

In response to the popularity of Vine, Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) released its own video application.  It is integrated into the already popular Instagram app and will have the a few features that the Vine app does not have.  For example, you will be able to take 15-second videos and add filters to each video.

Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, posted a full description of this new functionality on the Instagram blog, along with a video.

Systrom says,

“Today, we’re thrilled to introduce Video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories. When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.”

It seems pretty easy to access if you already use Instagram as a photo-sharing tool.

How can this new application help authors?

Video are an integral part of your self-promotion process.  Like with Vine, you can create a short video to show off the front cover to your new book. You can film teases to your longer videos. If you are comfortable with showing a more personal side of yourself, you can use these short videos to pan around your office or home space.    But unlike Vine, Instagram videos can be up to 15 seconds and you are able to add filters to jazz up the look of the video.

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CNET posted an article about how Instagram video and Vine are two separate pieces of technology mostly because of the different type of user each app will attract (Click here).

CNNMoney focuses their analysis on why Instagram will overtake Vine’s market share (Click here).

TechCrunch outlined the difference between the two apps with easy to read charts (Click here).

New York Times’ Bits Blog pointed out that Facebook is betting users prefer 15 second videos (Click here).

Click here and here to read our previous posts about Vine.

Vine App – Ways you can use it!

You have probably all heard about the new 7 second video app from Twitter, called Vine…but have you thought about ways you can use it?

There are many creative ways you can use this app to promote yourself, your new book or title.

For example you could create a short video to show off the front cover to your new book or create a teaser film to summaries your publication.  You could even use it to let your fans get an insight to who you are, what you like doing and who you admire.

It’s all about having fun by creating a short story whilst incorporating a message. How you do this is down to you.

The app is new and therefore gathering a lot of interest so use #firstpost when posting your video to make it more discoverable.  Your Vine video can be shared on Twitter and Facebook.

The app can be downloaded via GooglePlay & iTunes

We would love to see your videos so please do share them with us.

We look forward to seeing them!

Vine App for Authors

What is Vine?

Vine is a latest social app to hit the scene. Available for both Andriod and iOS phones, it is being described as “Instagram with videos.”   Below is a 8 minute video on how to use Vine, with some helpful tricks and tips.

Click here to read Mashable’s list of “11 Vine Hashtags to Keep You Hooked”

Check back tomorrow for a special “Vine for Authors” post.