More information on Vine
I’ve been watching the interwebs for information on Microsoft Vine since it was announced three days ago and here’s what I’ve found out so far:
- The Vine team have a blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/vine/
- …a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Microsoft-Vine/87254316053
- …and they’re on Twitter too http://twitter.com/microsoftvine
- So is the executive whose name has been mentioned most in conjunction with Vine, Tammy Savage (and her first tweet was in reply to me)
- In their second blog post the Vine team confirm that Vine is not intended to be a Twitter compete which is exactly what I said in Untangling the Vine. They say “This couldn’t be further from the truth. Microsoft Vine was conceived and built from the beginning to allow people to continue using their favorite social network while allowing others to have a consolidated view of the people they care about the most…We aren’t going to compete with these other tools and we sure don’t think of ourselves as Twitter on Steroids”
- Many people on Twitter have goaded Vine for providing their demo videos for Flash rather than Silverlight. Tammy Savage puts the record straight by saying “if you have silverlight the videos will play in silverlight, if not they will play in flash.”
- Again from Tammy Savage, the beta is initially only available in the US, UK is coming in the second wave.
- Vine is built on Windows Live ID, Live Search, Virtual Earth and Messenger according to Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Media.
- Vine will not be ad-supported, the business model is premium services (again, thanks to Brady Forrest)
- Non-Windows and mobile clients will be added in the future (Brady again)
- Tekorama.com has the deepest dive into the product that I’ve read thus far.
More when I hear/read/see it… I’ll continue to update this post throughout!