This post was going to be a reflection on the TED Talk assigned for class, about how web video powers innovation. Then I got distracted. But you should watch it; it was insightful and wonderful.
Twitter has come out with a service to record and host 6-second videos to your twitter account. It is called Vine, although I do not understand why. The introduction of this service raised a couple questions for me:
- Why six seconds?
- Is this a natural evolution of, or a copycat of, the recent resurgence in GIFs?
And looks like this:
While I appreciate the challenge in creating a story in 6 seconds, this seems like a challenge that never needed to be addressed. The 30-second “elevator pitch” is reductive enough. Can we, as a society, no longer commit to paying attention for more than 6 seconds? Is it that our will power has eroded, or that cat videos are simply that cute and that there are so many more to watch.
As a dedicated blogger, I decided to investigate this new service using VinePeek which serves up new vines as they come. No filter, so keep that in mind if you decide to visit. Also, please let me know if you figure out how to mute just the site.
And, as a favor to you, dear reader, this is what I saw in a minute:
- Anime collection
- Line at fast food restaurant
- Tour of apartment kitchen
- A tongue, I think?
- Car stereo
- Driving a car in the Wegmans parking lot
- A really, really, really terrible bowler
The upside is that, if Vine takes hold, a lot more people will have their 6 seconds of fame.