July 16, 2014
By: Morgan Brenner @morganbren
With 40 million users it’s hard to believe that Vine only started in January of 2013. But their success didn’t come from the looping affect or it’s ability to be shared instantly across several different social media platforms. Vine’s success is in the six seconds of video the smart phone app leaves it’s user to create basically whatever they want. But why six seconds?
When Vine’s cofounder, Dom Hofmann, was asked about the length of the video in an interview with NPR he discussed how they played with different lengths. They tried ten, nine and five until they landed on the magic number six. It was the quickness that made up Vine’s brand, but long enough that a story could be told. The videos run quickly so the creation of the loop feature was shortly added to Vine to fix what Hofmann called an “anticlimactic feeling.”
Following the release of Vine, Instagram competitively updated their app with a 15 second video. Since Instagram already had a large following it was assumed that they would make Vine obsolete. Instead, the opposite happened. Instagrams video feature soon fizzled. The difference was 9 seconds.
Artists, comedians and film-makers have and continued to flock to Vine because of the time aspect. The constraints seem to widen their creative horizons instead of block them. Vine has stayed true to its original concepts across the last year and a half, however to stay one of the top social media apps it will have to make new and inspirational updates in the following years.