Vine vs Instagram: Who Wins?

instagram vs vine

As ChurchMag dropped a post about Vine being used for ministry, yesterday, Instagram announced a new feature: video.

So now if you’re wondering how you can use Instagram video for ministry, etc… just search for Vine and apply the same concepts.

But is Vine and Instagram really going to duke it out? Are they really that much the same? Who’s going to win this bout?

Vine vs Instagram

instagram vs vine

Like the battle between Facebook and Google+, this could go on for a while. Reason? They’re enough different to hold their own (a closer look at the two can be read here).

Although Instagram has nailed a decent 3-hit combo against Vine for having longer videos, Vine’s looping feature begs for a specific creativity that Instagram cannot touch. Moreover, Instagram has taken a more polished approach to the whole thing. While Vine is more about creative mechanics of putting together a video, Instagram is more about focus, lenses and eye-candy–just like it has done with the still photo aspect.

Considering these differences, I can’t see either one of these services going down for the count any time soon.

I Hates It

Not even 24-hours after Instagram jumped into the ring, I already don’t care for it. Instagram established itself as a cool social photo app via the smartphone. It feels like it’s too much, now. Let’s just say that I’m not digging the videos in my feed. I know viewing them can be optional and all, but it feels like adding video to the mix of the Instagram feed pollutes it.

Now I feel like a whiny baby who doesn’t like Facebook making changes.

What do you think about Instagram video?

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Eric Dye

I am a blogger, business owner and lover of coffee. I spend most of my time as Programs Director for Open Church, but you'll also find me as a writer and editor for ChurchMag, as well as working on Live Theme and ChurchMag Press. All while enjoying my family and sipping espresso in Italy.

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  1. says

    I have very mixed feelings. On the one hand it’s nice to have fewer apps (especially as I haven’t used Vine much since I got it) on the other hand, If the videos distract from the aim of the original service (which I feel they will, I’d rather have a dedicated film stream than intermixed) then I wouldn’t like it. So overall my impression is I’ll probably actually use instagram where I don’t use vine (at the moment) but Instagram has pushed me away from using it in general.

  2. says

    I’m w/ you. I like Instagram & Vine for different reasons. And I don’t want tacky videos clogging my photo feed. Make it a separate tab or app altogether.

    The 6-second limit on Vine accomplishes the same creative challenge as 140 characters. I think there is room for both because they’re different enough (like you said), but mixing photo & video is a bad move on Instagram.

  3. says

    Good article and thoughts Eric. I might have to respectfully disagree. I like the Instagram video. I simply turned off the automatic play on videos. Now, it’s just like Instagram was, but if I want to watch the video I can touch it. Really hasn’t changed that much to me. The biggest difference to me is being able to delete recorded clips. That’s the nail in the coffin to me. Thanks for the conversation!

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