On Thursday, the social media world saw Vine hit their Twitter feed. It's a fun and easy way to capture short 6-second video clips that will loop. It's simple. Download the app in the iTunes store for free. You can signup with your Twitter accout or by creating an account with your email address.
When navigating the app, click the icon in the top, left hand corner. A drop down menu will appear with four options: Home, Explore, Activity and Profile. On the Home page, you can scroll through some of the most popular Vines created. The Explore page works much like Twitter's Discover tool, with trending hashtags associated with Vines and the editor's picks. The Activity page will show you who's following you and who likes your Vines. Your Profile page is your bio and where your Vines will upload.
The icon in the top, right hand corner lets you search for your friends in multiple ways. You can search through your address book and Twitter followers. If you can't find them through either of these fuctions, you can send an invite via email or text to your friends.
To record a Vine, hold your finger to the screen of your iOS device. To stop recording, simply let go. You can start and stop as many times as you would like in the allotted 6-seconds without leaving the app. The scrolling green bar at the top will show you how much time you've used. Be aware that Vine records sounds.
Once you complete your Vine, you can upload it to Twitter and add a caption and location. As of yesterday, Facebook blocked Vine from its API, diabling users to find friends on Facebook and to post to their Facebook wall. Additionally, users haven't been able to post to Tumblr. But here is an article that states otherwise. Once your Vine has uploaded, be sure to share it on Twitter immediately. Vine limits its sharing ability. The video will upload to your profile, but you are unable to go back and share, and the video does not save in your camera app like Instagram photos.
Yesterday, Robert tested the app and had some Vine fun while capturing action shots during yesterday's photoshoot.
Since the app is brand new, we expect clitches, but we also expect them to be fixed, soon. Here are some updates I'd like to see:
1. Allow users to stop, leave the app, and come back to continue their Vine.
2. Allow users to share their Vine after it has been uploaded to their profile page.
3. Support across other social media platforms, especially Facebook.
Twitter is a platform for microblogging in 140 characters or less. Although these videos are only 6-seconds, I believe brands can get just as creative, designing promotional Vines and Vines that allow users/consumers to become familiar with and engage with brands.
Is the app here to stay or just a fad? Have you seen creative ways sports teams have used the app? Share in the comment section below!
As a designer, my favorite thing about sports has always been the uniform designs. From the team logo itself right down to the color of their shoelaces. As a kid, while others were pointing out the fact that so and so was off sides or what's his name was on track to beat a record, I was saying things like "Gosh, can you believe those socks!?" Trust me, it made for some awkward conversations with my friends. I never cared much about stats and records. I was more concerned with a teams design aesthetic and whether or not they really were going through with that re-brand.
My favorite of all sports is baseball. Partly because baseball is the only sport that I've ever been really good at. But also because it has such a long and rich hIstory of logo and uniform designs. From the classic gothic D logo of the Detroit Tigers and the interlocking NY of the Yankees to the gaudy, out there color schemes of the 1970's Houston Astros and the San Diego Padres, baseball has always managed to keep me interested.
Below are some of my favorite MLB designs. Some are classics, some are hideous (and for some reason, most are from the 1970's) but they're all favorites for one reason or another.
San Diego Padres
Well, there you have it, a brief collection of what I've deemed to be the best/worst of MLB uniforms. This list could go on forever but for the sake of space I've narrowed it down to these. Trust me, I've given this topic a lot of thought.
Anyway, the next time you're watching your favorite team, take a look at their uniform and ask yourself, "What's up with their socks?!" and "Should they really be wearing that color of pants?!" Your friends may look at you a little strange but if nothing else, it'll give you one more facet of the game to enjoy.