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True story. I was hit in the face with a Moto X yesterday while someone was texting and trying to get off a Q train in Brooklyn. He was taller than me and was one handing it trying to look where he was going but clearly wasn’t.
Anyway, I tweeted that and the MOTO TWEET FLEET FAVORITED IT. The defenders of the brand, liked that I was hit in the face by one of their products. That seems wrong, doesn’t it?
The Verge has the story. But I think it’s really interesting that in 16 months we’ve seen Facebook, Tumblr (by way of Yahoo), and Twitter all go public. Social media companies being owned by the people makes sense.
I was intrigued by Vine when it launched in January. But after trying several times to use it I had to put it away. It didn’t really click with me, and I’m the kind of person who doesn’t hesitate to shoot a quick video. But I understand its impact. Vine ushered in a wave of gif and video apps that use hold-to-record, something that looks good on paper, but in practice it makes the phone harder to hold and leads directly to shakier video. It also used the whole screen as the record button, breaking ‘tap to focus,’ a fundamental paradigm of iOS… but I digress.
It was obvious to me that Vine wasn’t going to get better on its own. At the rate that Vine was gaining traction it was going to take a company as big as Facebook to create some real competition, and drive innovation. So when the rumors started earlier this week about video being added to Instagram, I started to get excited.
Having now used both, I’m a little bummed. I think Instagram video is better than Vine, but only marginally. It’s really just Vine 2.0. You can delete a clip if you don’t like it. It has tap to focus, and you press (and hold) somewhere else to record. It feels more like a camera (and, as you know, I’m an expert in iPhone cameras). You can add filters. And, yes, videos are longer (15 seconds in stead of 6 but that doesn’t matter to me).
It’s basically everything I would change in Vine, if someone approached me saying “here’s our app, help us clean up some things.” There isn’t really anything new that Instagram is bringing to the table.
Here’s my hangup. What I think makes Instagram great, and the thing that I think made it catch on, is sharing. Instagram allows you to take a photo, that you’ve taken anywhere, and and quickly share it across multiple platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram itself. It is the one app you can use to get your 1:1 photo everywhere. It made it easy to fire off some photos and then share them quickly. Sharing was the secret sauce to Instagram, not it’s ability to take a picture.
Oh, Twitter is down. Fail Whale, it’s been so long. Your splash page has gotten pretty since the last time I saw you. Obvs.
lol lol lol lol lol
Coincidence! I was just coming here to post the same screen shot. (Really) Instead I will just reblog Matt’s.
“Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked, have been sacked.”
This is amazing. I should tweet this.
Since last we spoke and there have been a few more lines written in #the140film. Our toothless bartender still stands and we now have a look at the person who blew out the windows of the bar. And he know how to travel.
If you don’t know what I’m taking about, we’re writing a movie one tweet at a time. All your questions can be answered on the site.
This is an actual tweet from the official, verified, T-Mobile twitter account. It’s really ugly when major corporations are trolling for retweets.