Battle Instagram vs Vine

Over the weekend, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, the pictures started moving. Then I realized they weren’t pictures, they were videos. Now, both Instagram and Vine are applications where users can upload videos and share them easily on their other social media sites. So, which one would you chose?

instagram vineAfter playing with both applications, here’s the conclusions I’ve drawn:

  • Both applications allow for videos to be about the same length: approximately 10 seconds. This length is a reasonable amount of time for videos and helps to eliminate unwanted content.
  • Videos on Instagram can be shot the same way in Vine. You have to shoot your video in segments so varying frames are shown. This works for most types of content but could be a hassle for others, like a dance recital. It is pretty neat that Instagram lets you add a filter to your video.
  • Videos on Instagram play immediately or as you scroll over them. Vine also works the same way. However, on Vine, you expect the video, will wait for it to load and know it will stop once you scroll down to the next post. On Instagram, you have no way of knowing if a post is a video or a picture, especially since there is a delay in playing the videos.

In my opinion, I like having two separate applications: one for pictures and one for videos. It is easier to find specific posts since you’ll know which type to look for. For organizations or companies that use these sites, having an account on each might be beneficial. Users will know where to look for new video teasers or photo contest entries. Videos also appear to be running smoother and without pauses on Vine. However, that could change once Instagram becomes used to video posts.

Do you use Instagram to post your videos? Would it be beneficial to have two separate accounts? Please share your thoughts!

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4 thoughts on “Battle Instagram vs Vine

  1. Sam June 27, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

    To be honest, Instragram video annoys me. I think it’s probably because I am getting annoyed with Facebook (who owns Instragram) because lately it seems like all Facebook does is copy the success of Twitter (who owns Vine). Sigh. I know these companies have a million genius programmers. Why aren’t they coming up with new ideas instead of copying each other?

  2. Alex Crispino June 27, 2013 at 9:59 am Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Each site could be used for a specific purpose. There is no need for copying. Thanks for reading and sharing!

  3. martyfnemec June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    The beauty of Instagram was that you could tell a story with a picture. People were becoming so good at using angles and filters to achieve that purpose. All of that seems thrown in the trash as you can just take grainy video to do the same thing in a less-pretty and talentless way.


    • Alex Crispino June 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

      Another great point, Marty! Instagram is now not what it used to be. Also, people will now focus more on the poor quality videos rather than the amazing pictures others posts. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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