Rumor: Instagram to get video, directly challenge Vine at June 20th Facebook event

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Ever since Twitter took an aggressive stand against Facebook and Instagram, the battle for the social networking crown between the two has escalated to great lengths. Twitter has been especially active as of late, launching video-based social network Vine (which now has an Android app), and, more recently, Twitter Music (which doesn’t).

Facebook looks poised to challenge at least one of those areas, if the latest rumors from TechCrunch are true. The outlet is hearing that Facebook may be gearing up to announce an upgrade to Instagram that will bring the same style of quick-fire videos that Vine offers. Reports are that the video service will allow users to share videos which are anywhere between five and ten seconds long.

One interesting thing we’re not sure about is whether or not this new functionality will come with the classic Instagram flare — that is, special effects to apply to the videos. That would be a very major game changer, but without any concrete evidence we’re not going to allow our hopes to get too high just yet. This is all said to be going down at a June 20th press briefing, so we’ll be sure to circle back in a few days to see if Facebook really is about to change the face of Instagram as we know it.

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  • idongacha

    so when is the google+ version coming?

    • JulianZHuang

      haha google+

  • blest

    Definitely excited about this. If Google +could get people to actually want to use it I’d be happy for them to get video too.

  • Manbo

    I don’t get the appeal of 6 second videos.
    I also don’t get the appeal of Twitter.
    Either way, choice is good.

  • didibus

    Finally, the concept of Vine is great, but the execution is lacking key features. Twitter is taking their god damn time with it. Vine for android is buggy and missing a lot of functionality. Also, you can’t even have a private Vine account still.

    Instagram + Vine like video is the absolute best. Won’t have to alternate between Instagram and Vine to see my content any more now.

    I do hope Instagram copies the easy creation style of Vine. Click and Hold to record is key to Vine’s success. Also, the looping of the video is primordial. Vine are not exactly video, they are more like Gif, and that’s why they work better than those Video sharing social app.