Twitter's Vine adds front-facing camera support, mentions


Twitter is rolling out an updated version of its Vine video sharing application, adding front-facing camera support as well as mentions.

Vine - @ mentions

Vine users can now tag people in their posts. 

Twitter introduced Vine in January. The app enables Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS device owners to film and share videos running no longer than six seconds--users can film clips in a single take or pause the recording to string together montages of brief shots.

"You can now shoot with the front-facing camera," notes Vine engineer Kristian Bauer. "When creating a post, tap the button in the bottom left corner to try the front-facing camera. You can switch back and forth between the regular and front-facing camera as many times as you want."

Vine users can also employ Twitter-style mentions to tag people in their posts. "Users who are mentioned will receive a notification in Activity," Bauer explains. "To mention a user, type @username and select the name among the suggestions you'll see. 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 currently ranks third on the App Store's countdown of Top Free Apps. Late last month, Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann told The Verge than a version optimized for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android is coming "soon."

For more:
- read this Vine Blog post
- read this Verge article

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