MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter announced the first major update for its Vine app on Tuesday, which will bring things such as Twitter-style mentions to the video service.
Twitter announced Vine in January as a video capture alternative to hipster photo sharing app Instagram. Developed by Twitter, the app allows users to record six seconds of video by tapping the screen intermittently.
Today, almost five months after its initial release and following fears about hardcore porn arriving on the service, Twitter has released the first major update for its Vine app, taking it to version 1.1.
Twitter apparently has been asking for user feedback, and has added some new features that have been suggested by users. The first of these is support for the iPhone's front-facing camera, which means users can video themselves recording somebody else.
Vine also now supports mentions, similar to those found on Twitter, letting users tag people in their short clips, likely to alert them to a Vine clip that they starred in the previous night.
Twitter explained how this works on the Vine blog. It said, "To mention a user, type @username and select the name among the suggestions you'll see. See the screenshot below for an example - when I type @chris, I see suggestions for Chris Fry, Chris Hardwick and Christofer Drew. When I select Chris Hardwick, his Vine profile will automatically link in my post's caption."
Vine unfortunately didn't talk about its plans to extend the app to other mobile operating systems, so it remains an iOS exclusive for now.
The updated app, which also includes a handful of tweaks and bug fixes, can be download from the iTunes Store for free. µ
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