Video applications have taken on a life of their own in a short amount of time.  Vine, owned by Twitter, launched in January 2013 allowing it’s users to create looping videos to share with their followers.  Vine almost instantly grew a fan base in a short amount of time, followers flocked to the video application.  After only four months of it’s launch, it had already gained 13 million active users.

But as of June 2013, Vine has had a competitor step up to the plate, creating a war of the short video clip applications leaving users to pick their loyalties.

Vine vs. Instagram Video

Instagram, owned by Facebook, which had previously only allowed the sharing of photos, released its answer to Vine adding video to its application.  In doing so, the day that Instagram video launched the Vine shares on Twitter dropped 40 percent.  Those are staggering numbers, but many faithful users believe that Vine has lasting power and is rumored to making competitive upgrades in the near future.  It may to be early to tell, but let’s take a look at the differences and similarities that have the video application world up in arms.

Here are a few of the basic differences of each application.

Instagram Video:

  • Allows 15 seconds
  • Allows edits
  • Available to use filters
  • Choose cover fronts
  • Ability to delete last clip
  • Allows to share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Email and Foursquare


  • Allows 6 seconds
  • Loops video
  • Embeddable
  • Allows to share to Facebook and Twitter

While each of these applications have their strengths and weaknesses, I find that the large weakness that they both share is lacking the ability to import videos.  The photo aspect of Instagram allows you to do so, leaving many surprised and disappointed that this feature is not yet made available.

But comparisons aside, the users have the opportunity to reap the benefits of the updates to come with both applications.