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Vine Takes on Snapchat With Direct Video Messaging Feature

by Todd Haselton | April 3, 2014April 3, 2014 7:00 pm PST


Twitter on Thursday introduced a new feature to Vine called Vine Messages, which allows you to send private video clips to other users. It seems like a pretty obvious shot across Snapchat’s bow, which also allows users to send quick video clips to others. You can share with a single person, or several, and it doesn’t matter if the end user has Vine. If not, he or she can still open the clip via SMS or e-mail.

Unlike Snapchat, however, you can actually create a threaded video-based conversation, complete with support for chat. Once you’ve received a Vine, you can choose to respond with your own video message by simply tapping a record button. Additionally, you can privately share Vines that other users have posted. If, for example, you found a funny clip of a dog riding a surfboard, you can then send that off as a message to one or more people.

I don’t use Vine that often, mainly because I don’t like sharing public videos of myself to large groups of people. I’m definitely going to be giving the service another try, though. This could be a lot of fun – especially when I want to share videos while on vacation to my family members, or if I just want to keep in touch with quick video messages to friends across the globe. The update is free and is available for iOS and Android.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...