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Vine Alternatives: The Best Short-Form Video Options

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Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. (Getty)

Since Twitter announced on October 27 that it plans on shutting down Vine in the “coming months.” The short-form video platform made overnight stars, who produced six-second long video loops. Vine isn’t the only app out there to use to make and share short-form videos. If you still love Vine, there are popular alternatives out there.

Twitter said that Vine isn’t shutting down immediately, but if you plan on still using short-form videos in the long-term, these are alternatives you will want to get used to now.


1. Instagram

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A video posted by MLB ⚾ (@mlb) on

Instagram is the best-known alternative. The Facebook-owned app allows users to post video between three and 60 seconds long. You can post video using the main Instagram app, which also includes filters to customize the video.

Videos posted after November 19, 2015 also include a view counter, so you can see how many people are watching your content. However, the count doesn’t include loops, so once another user watches it once, it only counts as one view. To see the number of likes your video has, just tap the count number.

Instagram also recently added Stories, which allows you to share short-form videos to those who follow you. The videos disappear after 24 hours and can be strung together to give your followers the feeling of seeing a day through your eyes.

Statista estimates that there are 500 million Instagram users, as of June 2016.


2. Snapchat

Imran Khan, Snapchat, Vine alternatives

Snapchat Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan. (Getty)

Snapchat is still best known for allowing you to send private photos to your friends that are only visible for 10 seconds before they are gone.

However, the app has grown to include content from media outlets and celebrities that are available to everyone in Stories. The app has also become known for the variety of filters you can add to customize videos. There have also been sponsored filters to add after you take your Snap and Snap lenses to add after taking your Snap to advertise products and events.

In September 2016, Snapchat had 60 million daily active users in the U.S. and Canada, along with 150 million users globally. The app is only expected to continue growing, as Bloomberg reported, the company is looking to raise as much as $4 billion in its initial public offering. It could put Snapchat’s value at between $25 billion and $35 billion.


3. Tout

Tout is a service that reaches 57 million unique monthly viewers. The service gained attention in 2011, when Shaquille O’Neal used it to announce his retirement. It allows you to share videos, called “touts” within the app, that are at least 15 seconds long.

Tout still has partnerships with media outlets like People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and sports Illustrated. Tout videos can be added to your own Tout account or embedded on webpages, like the one above.


4. Periscope

Periscope allows you to stream video and content live from your smartphone. You can stream the videos on Twitter and they can be re-watched after the video is over.

earlier this month, Periscope launched Periscope Producer, which will allow you to stream live video from other devices, like professional cameras, studio editing rigs or even VR headsets. This is similar to Facebook Live, which journalists are already widely using to stream broadcasts on the social network.


5. Twitter

When Twitter first started, it used to be difficult to share videos on the social network, just like photos were. Then Vine came along and eventually Twitter began allowing users to add videos to tweets, effectively making Vine redundant.

Twitter videos can be as short as six seconds or much longer. They can be up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds long. These video posts can even include multiple videos strung together for a single clip. Therefore, Twitter itself is an alternative to its own Vine service.

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