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In January of this year, Twitter introduced Vine, their service for embedding 6-second looping videos into tweets. Twitter is the micro-blogging tool of the text world, so it makes sense that their video service would be micro, too. The new tool confused some at first, but creative uses soon started popping up. Turns out, 6 seconds or less gives you a lot of room for creativity.

With the app, creating a Vine video is simple: just hold down to start recording, and let go to stop. Continue until you’ve filled up your six seconds. Videos you post to Vine will appear on your Vine profile and the timelines of your Vine followers.

So, what have people been using the service for?

Animate in Stop Motion

Stop motion is a form of animation created by playing a number of still images in a row to create a moving image. Use about fifteen frames per second and you get a pretty rough, low-budget type of look; use twice that and you’ll get a very smooth animation. A number of stop motion Vines have appeared, from picture-a-day style videos to images of a logo being drawn:

Show Off Your Design Work

Vine’s short format is a great opportunity to show clients or potential clients what you’re working on. This is a great idea for graphic designers, SEO companies, or advertising agencies. Show off your finished designs or in-progress pieces or even ask your fans for feedback if you’re so inclined. Here’s a package someone designed for their client:

Share a Little Know-How

Are you a master cookie decorator? Can you mix drinks like no one else? If you know how to do something that you can get across in 6 seconds or less, Vine it! Everyone can learn from your brilliance and they might retweet it to share your know-how with the rest of Twitter.

For instance, there are a number of great Vine coffee tutorials:

If you just can’t stay serious long enough to record an informative how-to, you could also do a funny one! Here’s an example, about how to grow a beard:

Tell a Simple Story

A number of Vine videos have been created that tell cute, shortform stories. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a six-word story (For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn); Vine gives you the same type of box within which your ideas can flourish. Have you ever thought of an idea for a movie, but then just forgotten about it because there’s no way you could make it? Now you can. (As long as the idea is simple/short enough.) And all you need is your iPhone. For example, James Buckhouse created a cute video of two children holding hands: There are even 6 second Vine film festivals. You’re a little late to enter the Tribeca Film Festival one, but others are sure to pop up as time goes on!

Make a Postcard to Tweet to Your Friends

Going on vacation? Have friends you want to send postcards to, but no money for postage? Just want to prove to a paranoid sibling that you made it off the plane alive? Tweet them a Vine instead, showing off your destination. Vine postcards have been exploding in popularity; you can read all about it in this USA Today article.

What other creative things are you doing with Vine? Share your ideas in the comments to inspire us all!

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Posted by Adrienne

Adrienne is an amateur designer and writer who is always trying out and writing on the latest trends in social media. You can read more of her work by following her on Twitter: @adrienneerin.

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