Instagram Video: Vine's Newest Rival

by Jacqueline Bailey on July 03, 2013
App Name: Instagram
Operating System: iOS, Android
App Cost: $0.00 (as of 7/3/13)

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

Just when I thought the next big thing for smartphones was a video app created by Twitter called Vine, Facebook changes the game. Instagram, a smartphone app downloadable in the Google Play store and the iTunes app store, has been around since 2010, and has gained popularity with more than 130 million users. Instagram began as a simple smartphone app made to enhance your photos and share them with your followers.

After purchasing Instagram in April, 2012, Facebook leadership decided to make some additions to the most popular photo sharing app. When Vine was created around the end of last year, the 6-second looping video app, it didn't take long for Instagram to add a new option to its camera-based abilities.

Now you can record 15-second videos on Instagram and choose from a variety of filters to make your video even more remarkable. With a longer video, you have plenty of time to record what you want and share it with your friends and family. 

Another feature that Instagram now has over Vine is the ability to clip the last recorded part of the video out in the Edit mode, whereas a Vine video must be completely deleted and re-recorded.

So you get all the fun of Instagram pictures with the added videos to make a super smartphone app that is still free!

Original Photo

Instagram Edit


  • Can record 15-second video
  • Variety of filters to enhance your video
  • Ability to clip parts out of the video


  • An update is needed to fix slow performance and video load times

Final Verdict

If you are already a user of Instagram, the video update is no reason to delete your app or turn against it forever. However, Instagram is definitely facing mixed reviews from some of the public who would rather not mix pictures and videos. My final verdict is that I will continue to use both smartphone apps, but I would rather use Instagram for my photos as opposed to videos.