Twitter’s Vine recently updated their iPhone app with all-new features and called the update “biggest, most exciting update yet”. The latest update comes weeks after Facebook’s Instagram launched video support for 15 second clips with filters.
The new update brings new camera tools to Vine that includes, grid, focus and ghost tools to make shooting easier. The biggest change is the introduction of channels that features users’ vine updates by pre-defined category. There are 15 channels to choose from and is a great step towards allowing users to discover great new content based on the selected channel.
Vine now also features Twitter-like revine feature that allows you to share other people’s post with your followers with just one tap. This feature would allow the credit of the post to go to the original account and thus helping people identify the actual source.
Another noteworthy feature introduced in the update is “protected posts” which as the name suggests allows you to protect your updates and share it only people you approve.
On its blog Vine teases us with more upcoming updates by mentioning, “and we’ve got even more coming soon.” With Instagram video support gaining substantial popularity among users the short video clip app market has just started getting heated up. It will be interesting to see how Instagram and Vine innovate and differentiate their services to not only retain existing users but to also continue to grow its user-base.