Twitter announced the shutdown of their video app, Vine, today (see Whither Vine? from The Atlantic).
Vine’s six-second “stop-action” looping videos were innovative at first, and I used them regularly in the classroom. However, then Instagram added a similar, but longer (initially by a few seconds, and now by a minute) feature that allowed the stop-action ability and, for school-purposes, at least, I never looked back.
“Moments” is a feature that Twitter unveiled last year where they highlighted a series of tweets about an event or topic.
They have now opened it up to everybody, so it’s easy to create and share your own “Moments.”
TechCrunch has written about it, and I’ve embedded a video below from Twitter explaining how to make them. In addition, I’ve embedded a “test” Moment that I made in a minute or two.
I was not impressed with Twitter’s “Moments,” and I have to say the same about these “personal” Moments, too.
As I was making mine, I was disappointed to see that a number of tweets with photos were not recognized by the Moments tool. And my biggest disappointment was that it only lets you go down someone’s timeline (for example, mine) a very short number of tweets before it just stops. Once it stops, it does not appear you can choose any additional tweets from that person’s timelines. And the entire tweet isn’t shown.
I had thought that, perhaps, Moments might function as a replacement for Storify. However, that’s not going to happen until Twitter makes a lot of improvements to Moments, and I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one….
For everyone who wants to make a Moment – starting today you can! Creators everywhere can now tell stories with Tweets. pic.twitter.com/ZJtNBoTPWf
Twitter has just launched a new “Retweet With Comment” feature that easily lets you use all of your characters now to comment on someone else’s tweet instead of trying to fit that tweet and all your comments into one.
If you click the retweet button on a tweet that’s located on the Twitter mobile or web site, the new feature automatically pops up. However, if you use Tweetdeck on the Web, like I do, you’ll find that this new feature doesn’t work there — yet, at least. I hope that changes soon.
Another disappointment is that it doesn’t show up as a retweet with comment if you embed it. It will then only show your comment with a link to the original tweet. The tweet I showed earlier in this post is an image, not an embedded tweet.