Vine – Coming Soon to Android

vine-app-iconVine? What is Vine?

Since Vine is currently an iPhone app, not everyone will have heard about this new tech which was launched by Twitter in January. It is a ‘video-looping’ mobile service that enables its users to create and post short video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum length of 20 seconds and can be shared or embedded on social networking services such as Twitter. Sounding familiar yet? If not, here is some more information about Vine…

The Vine app allows users to capture and share short looping videos up to 6 seconds long similar to Tweets, inspiring creativity while recording through Vine’s with the in-app camera. The camera only records while the screen is being pressed, giving a great effect with the added audio file.

Vine initially was introduced for iOS users; but Twitter is working on bringing the app to other platforms, especially Android which is due to be coming in the near future. This FREE app allows you to easily capture motion and sound, which is amazing and such a new innovative idea that WE at Zeelous love! Better yet, Vine has submitted an app update to the Apple App Store for a feature that lets you tag friends in videos. Impressive?

Capturing life in motion sure is brilliance; it has taken a new edge in the social media experience, captivating, intriguing and bringing more enjoyment to our lives.

What will YOU create?

How do you feel about this move to Android? (Or Vine in general). Are you as excited as us girls at Zeelous are?

You can read more about the app on the Vine blog: https://vine.co/blog

Can Social Media become dangerous?

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We at Zeelous love social media and all that comes with it. The connections, the sharing and the online social life we have built up. Twitter is the tool that helped us achieve success in our #Kindercow project and in the future we intend to keep using it, much like everyone else.

So what can be dangerous about it?
First and foremost we can see the personal implications that have been stressed to us over the years about being careful what information we share on the Internet and who we connect with. But what interests us at Zeelous is the power social media has over our society. A perfect example of the way that social media can damage our society is shown in a TV drama called Black Mirror. They’re all about the way we live now and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy.

Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we’ve had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone – a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Our grip on reality is shifting. We have access to all the information in the world, but no brain space left to absorb anything longer than a 140-character tweet.
Black Mirror is a contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world. The three stand-alone dramas are sharp and suspenseful tales with a techno-paranoia plot.

Without giving too much away we at Zeelous think Black Mirror is well worth a watch. Black Mirror shows dangers on society as a whole that can make the world stand still if we are not careful how we use social media. But are we past the point of no return?

The series was shown last year but next time it hits our screens have a watch or alternatively online at 4OD and tell us what you think!

‘Facebook Home’ – a NEW twist on Social Networking

“We’re not building a phone. We’re not building an operating system, but we’re building something that’s a whole lot deeper than just an ordinary app.” – Zuckerberg

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NOW if you’ve not heard of this new ‘hype’ then Zeelous will happily explain!
Facebook Home is a new app for Android. It is an innovative way of turning your Android phone into a social phone. Facebook revealed “Facebook Home” software to place the world’s social network front and centre on Android users’ smartphones.

BUT before we get into the ‘nitty gritty’ of Facebook Home and what it is really about, here are some points to consider…

We at Zeelous love our social networking and Facebook is no exception! We each enjoy our own accounts and access them daily. However, would we want Facebook as our phone home screen? We couldn’t say… Would you appreciate the idea of having your phone as Facebook? Or is that not what Facebook Home is about?

Facebook’s new mobile platform is like a home without curtains; your exhibitionism is very much in their interest. But there’s no need to opt out entirely, people spend more time on Facebook than on any other app so a device with the look and feel of Facebook could potentially be hugely popular. Facebook’s use of the word “Home” for the app does reflect though, the site’s attraction to many of its billion users shows this and smartphone users already spend a third of their time on Facebook, so if this is you, then why not make it even easier and get the app for yourself?
WELL… While Facebook Home may encourage us to use Facebook for all our text messaging, phone-number storage, instant chat, and so on, does this mean that Facebook will come to “know” even more about us… Or is this all to sell adverts? Mark Zuckerberg announced that advertising might be coming to Facebook Home’s news feed, which would mean that ads will eventually be houseguests in Facebook Home. (Something for consideration)

If you like having your Facebook life separate from the other functions of your phone, then Facebook Home may not be ideal for you. Would you want your phone dedicated to Facebook all the time? Having Facebook Home might mean that you would have to click through Facebook’s interface before getting to other apps you use, such as Twitter, YouTube, the Internet?

WE at Zeelous think there is much to be deliberated before we ourselves would consider getting and using this app.

If you feel differently or would just like to know more about this app then use the link below where information on the app such as; Cover feed, Notifications, Chat Heads, App Launcher, How to get Facebook Home and Facebook and mobile presence can be found.

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/explained-what-is-facebook-home/383289-11.html
Facebook Home: More disruptive than you first thought?
Here at Zeelous WE want to know your opinion! Let us know what you think and feel about this new app!