I can’t see Vine video working online if it follows the Seesmic interaction model #

Vine, an application that allows you to post a six second video snipept online, is now owned by Twitter and looks ready to launch. But I come back to ‘the Seesmic question’ and have to ask who is it for and what problem does it solve? Almost any technology can find fans and a small social group who will champion it, but the tech fails to break out into a large-scale consumer success.

What does Vine do differently? Peter Kafka, on All Things D:

Why would you want to download Vine? Because it’s supposed to be a fun tool for making and sharing very short video clips — no longer than six seconds a pop — in the same way that Instagram worked for photos. And it’s designed in a similar way, with the ability to follow other Vine users’ clips, explore stuff from people you don’t know, etc.

It doesn’t do anything differently beyond ‘smartphones have got a bit better in the meantime.’ By all means launch, iterate, and see if this works, but it’s re-inventing the wheel.

2 Responses to “I can’t see Vine video working online if it follows the Seesmic interaction model”

  1. As for like failures-to-go-mass-market, see also 12Seconds, Phreadz and more I already forget. There are later models like Keek which is still going but that seems like a teen niche thing. Seesmic was ahead of its time but it had one thing that made it stand out which was multiple timeline conversations. If Twitter can get the same kind of thing going as they do with text, it might work. But then, YouTube has been where all the real action is in video “conversation” for years and it still dominates.

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    Seesmic sprung to mind as one of the first really visible attempts in the Valley, Dean, but yes. It’s a nut that developers and entrepreneurs want to keep trying to crack, apparently with the same hammer every time.