Though this post is 11 days behind the update for Instagram implementing video, I still believe this is a very debatable subject in social media.
I use both apps, but I believe each serves a MUCH difference purpose than the other. I am not against innovation, but I believe that some apps/sites/companies try to do TOO much to create “appeal” when they are doing just fine with the purpose of their creation. I think apps/sites/companies should strive to improve upon themselves, only adding in a new “mode” when absolutely necessary or if actually an innovation, but trying not to be too “cute.”
Instagram’s purpose is to take our drab, poorly lighted, lackluster photos (or to repost memes that we have seen a million times) from our Androids, Blackberries (all six of you; and does BB have Instagram?), and iPhones and turn those photos into something brilliant looking with filters, frames, and added brightness. It can make a photo look like it was from the 70’s without having to use photoshop or a special program; wow! It is a social network as well, with top photos (photos that get a ton of “likes,” not necessarily good photos), hashtags that connect members interests, and a child friendly social network that prohibits nudity, and a few other things – nudity is [sadly] a big no-no in America.
Instagram makes photos look beautiful with just a few swipes and thumb taps, that’s what it is and that is how it should be.
Vine is an app in which users record a 6 second (though technically 6.5 seconds) video that loops. Comedies, such as Chris D’Elia, Will Sasso, and Chelsea Peretti (among others, these are just my three favorite), have used Vine in a plethora of different ways to showcase humor. Vine is a paradise and a gold mine for humor, as well as stop-motion, and other nifty video illusions. Several “normal” people on Vine have also become “Vine-Famous” through their creativity with humor and stop-motion.
D’Elia is essentially the King of Vine with his “Excuse me, Sir…” vines, him being “#CuteForLife,” and this incredible Vine of him and his dogs. He’s a must follow on Vine because he utilizes the medium to perfection and he keeps his Vines concise. And that is what makes Vine so much more brilliant than InstaVid. 15 seconds does not seem like a long time, but 15 seconds of a person you begrudgingly follow doing duck faces, talking nonsensically, etc., can feel like a lifetime. With Vine being 6 seconds, that annoying person can only be annoying for six seconds! (Though it’s a loop so be careful.)
The last point I’ll make about Vine being better than Instavid is this: You cannot fake being a celebrity/athlete/politician on Vine. Not only does Vine have a verification process similar to Twitter (which Instagram does not), it would be hard to pretend to be that person you’re not: if a person would want to Vine under the guise of say Mila Kunis, that person would have to sound awfully close to Mila, be Vine-ing something that a celeb of Mila’s caliber would be doing, and be able to dupe idiots into believing their Mila without showing their face (though, in the case of Twitter there are idiots everywhere that fall for parody accounts.)
Besides, even famous Viners are mocking Instagram adding video and they are staying put with Vine.
I am, obviously, biased towards Vine, but I just believe that Instagram adding video adds absolutely nothing other than 15 second videos with filters that my cat wouldn’t watch. Long live Vine.