It wasn’t until about a month ago that I hopped on the Vine train. I’m not as savvy with what goes on in the mobile space as I am with PCs and the web, but Vine quickly caught my attention. If you haven’t heard of it yet, the best way I can describe it is that Vine is to YouTube as Twitter is to a blog. On Vine, you’re able to submit six-second video clips on the fly.
What can you do in six seconds? You’d be surprised. Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve covered Vine already and showed you some of the best Vine videos to date, but not all Vine videos are worth watching. In this post, I’d like to show you how to get a constant stream of quality Vines to enjoy in a number of different ways. Bookmark or subscribe to the following sites and stay updated with only the best Vine content.
Vpeeker is a pretty mesmerizing experience. While it doesn’t specialize in hand-selecting some of the best Vines for us to enjoy, Vpeeker captures the magic of Vine in another way.
Formerly known as Vinepeek, Vpeeker is a for-fun project created by the people at PXi Ventures. It’s a simple, two-pane website that offers a consistent stream of the newest, just-uploaded Vine videos on the left side and a description of the video and uploader information on the right.
Some might say it’s a little creepy. It’s almost like a Chatroulette version of Vine. These people are uploading their videos publicly, and we’re all watching them just seconds after they’ve been put online. It’s peeking directly into the lives of someone at this very moment in time, as you can see in the screenshot above of people dancing in a department store. Kind of crazy, right?
One of the coolest parts of this website is the ability to “record” videos as they’re playing, essentially saving that Vine to a list for later so that you can come back to it at another time, link it to friends, etc. The red button beneath the peephole-style frame can do that for you.
VineScope is a submission-based website with more than 5.5 million supporters on Facebook (which we’ll get into later).
VineScope is one of the first “best of” websites for the Vine service, and using it is very simple. Beside each video, there are buttons to scroll to the next and previous Vine video in your queue. Otherwise, there is a button that will allow you to check out a random clip, to the right of the navigation. Below each video is a Facebook feed.
Most of the clips on this website have several hundred (if not thousand) likes on Facebook. It’s one of the best places for funny, random Vines on the web.
While the Vine community of Reddit may be small (with only 2,000 subscribers so far), it is consistently growing.
You never know what you’re going to get out of this subreddit. The majority of posts submitted to /r/vine are Vine videos, but there are some text posts where discussions about Vine take place. This could be a potential list of the funniest Vines or some of the best Vine users to follow that you’ve yet to hear of.
It’s always interesting to see what the Reddit community has to offer. Don’t use Reddit yet? We have a free Reddit guide that can help you understand what it’s all about.
The Best Vines group is actually affiliated with VineScope, mentioned earlier, but it’s great to see them offering two additional ways to get your daily Vine digest.
If you use a phone, this is probably one of the easiest ways to keep up with popular Vine videos or even share your own. Facebook and Twitter are both excellent platforms for getting the word out, and as mentioned before, the Best Vines page on Facebook has more than 5.5 million people keeping up with it. The Twitter account has more than 540,000 followers. These videos are going to be seen, shared, and talked about. Why not be the first to check them out?
Vine is officially a powerhouse in this new “microvideo” niche that seems to be really taking off and going viral. It gives people like you and I a chance to be seen by an audience of millions if we’re clever or funny enough.
What do you think of Vine, Vpeeker, and the other sites listed here? Let me know in the comments below!