I think I figured out what bugs me so much about Vine, the new social video app from twitter. Some people are comparing it to Instagram and someone on the recent TWIT podcast said we should think of Vine less as a video app and more of a picture app. On the face of it that’s a ridiculous statement because Vine is video, albeit 6 seconds of video. But that’s what got me thinking, all the things I have seen expressed on Vine could have been better expressed in a single photo.
Photography is a powerful medium. So much can be communicated in one image, more I would say than in 6 seconds of video. I like the idea of very short form video but the time limit has to be longer than what could be better expressed in a photo. What that time limit is I don’t know except that it’s longer than 6 seconds.