All Covered With Vines
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When Vine was launched on this day last year, many self–proclaimed social media experts scoffed. They assumed it would be used like a live–action Instagram, full of insufferable brunches, FOMO–inducing party pics, and narcissistic selfies.
But the network unexpectedly turned into a huge platform for burgeoning comedians. These ”Vine celebs” were unknowns last year, and now make a living by being funny on the year–old network.
Young users of social–media–cum–video-app Vine worship a group of users known as Vine celebs. The self–made stars have giant followings and often take trips across the country to meet and collaborate.
Some become friends, and others start dating, as was the case with Curtis Lepore and Jessi “Smiles” Vazquez. Now, TMZ reports that Mr. Lepore is on trial for charges of raping Ms. Vazquez while she slept in October.
All Covered With Vines
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick hears you complaining about surge pricing, but doesn’t care. He says the model is here to stay. [WSJ]
At CES, Yahoo announced a streamlined ad business unit to act as a “central suite of tools for online advertisers to manage all of their buys.” Sounds important. [AdWeek]
Every day Yahoo dreams about content: Marissa Mayer announced the launch of Food and Tech verticals in a splashy presentation that included SNL cast members. [USA Today]
Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann is reducing his role at the company as he focuses his efforts on a new startup. Colin Kroll, the video site’s other founder, will assume his duties. [The Verge]
Avoid Twitter on Feb. 5. That’s when it releases its first-ever quarterly results so you know everyone’s jokes are going to be insufferable. [Recode]
You might have thought nobody but your fellow six-second video enthusiasts would see your collection of Vine videos. The bad impressions, the corny jokes, the failed stunts — they were dumb, but at least they were largely confined to people who care about Vine.
But now, Twitter-owned Vine has beefed up its web presence to make it easier for people to find, browse and share your videos.
Rachel Haot, the city’s chief digital officer, doesn’t need to worry about her future employment plans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hired her to take a similar in his administration. [New York Times]
Bow down: Unless your name is Beyonce, people are done buying your stupid music online. [AllThingsD]
Tomorrow morning, Vine users will start having the option of creating their own URLs utilizing their usernames. [The Next Web]
Even hackers will do anything to bypass pay walls. This time, they reportedly hacked into the Washington Post‘s servers and had access to employee’s usernames and passwords. [Daily Dot]
Both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and board member Marc Andreessen are selling millions of their Facebook shares. [BI]
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
When Vine launched earlier this year, people were shocked that porn appeared on it. Ha, how weird that the first instinct of its users was stick to a camera down their pants and see what happens! The Twitter-owned video service largely cleaned up its act (even workarounds for searching #sex like typing #s3x seem to have disappeared), Read More
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Twitter plans to sell 70 million shares at $17 to $20 each when it debuts its IPO on Nov. 6. The company is worth a “modest” $11 billion–more than AOL and Yelp combined. [New York Times]
Amazon raked $17 billion in revenue last quarter but, again, couldn’t convert that into a profit. Next time! [AllThingsD]
BlackBerry doesn’t “approve of or condone” the spate of suspicious reviews of its BBM app in the Android store, but we’re sure they won’t be mad if you keep saying nice things. [TNW]
Fab.com got a face lift today that features a $17 “Shut the fuck up & do your job” tote. Hmmmm. [AllThingsD]
Twitter formally announced that it has poached Vivian Schiller from NBC News for its Head of News position. [FastCompany]
All Covered With Vines
Thanks to Instagram, Vine and your trusty smartphone, amateur videos are seemingly everywhere now. Gone are the days when you only had to sit through the home movies of your immediate family. Now, we’re all sharing the sights and sounds of our daily lives in real time, with all of our followers, no matter how personal or how mundane those moments may be.
So we might as well make them look good, right? The new app Cameo, out for iOS 7 today, seeks to help its users turn amateur footage into high-quality, fully edited, movie-montage-esque sequences. We spoke with one of its founders, Matthew Rosenberg, last week. He gave us the deets on the app that’s sure to spawn endless clips of our friends’ babies and weddings–but will also yield plenty of interesting, concept-driven short films in the right hands.
Those who still scoff at the idea of Vine as an influential app, here’s a little more proof that the six-second video-sharing service is not only entertaining, but profitable.
Video news service NowThis News has hired West Palm Beach, Fla., native Cody Johns as their first official Vine VJ, their managing editor, Katharine Zaleski, confirmed today. And, yes, he’s getting paid for it.