Less than a few hours after the launch of Twitter’s new 6 second video sharing app – Vine, Facebook dives in to spoil their party by rejecting access to Find-Friends service.
Within hours of Twitter launching its Vine, video-sharing application on Thursday, Facebook has cut off access to Vine’s “find people” feature, which used to let Vine users find their Facebook friends using the Vine application.
It totally would have been a good way to jump into a new product, rather than manually trying to find all of your friends using the app. No comment from Twitter beyond the error message we’re seeing pop up when we try to use the Facebook friend finding feature in the app, and no immediate response from Facebook as of yet.
Vine makes it easy to create short videos you can share with friends and on social networks. The sparse interface doesn’t get in the way of making cool-looking short videos out of separate clips. The only bad thing about the app is once you post a video, there is no way to share it again after the fact.
Vine for iOS is a new social networking app that revolves around making short 6-second video loops with sound and then sharing them with others.
To get started, you can sign up with an e-mail and password directly with Vine or you can use your Twitter account for quick access. Once signed in, you’ll see the Home feed that shows the latest videos from other users. A button in the upper-left corner lets you navigate between the home screen, a place to explore videos from other users, a personal activity section to view videos you’ve made, and a link to your profile.
Then go to the profile screen right away to fill out your information and also to use the button in the upper right to search for other Vine users you know from your address book, Twitter, or a direct search (No Facebook Friend search for now). With a few friends selected, the home screen will now show videos from your friends and other contacts.
The home feed is the place to view the latest videos from people you follow, and as you swipe to scroll, you’ll see you can do familiar actions letting you “like” a video and make comments. What’s really neat about the home feed is that as you scroll, each video starts playing automatically while you have it on screen, while scrolling to the next video automatically stops the previous one and starts the new one. This automatic setup makes for a seamless experience as you scroll through and look at user-made videos.
As far as the access rejection from Facebook’s end is considered, we can witness the similar cases of Instagram recently snipping Twitter cards integration, and Twitter cutting off access to Instagram’s “Find your Friends” feature. Welcome to the new, competitive landscape of social tech companies.
What do you think of Twitter’s new app Vine and Facebook’s cutting off the restrictions to the application? Share your thoughts and comments below.