Vine — I’m getting old, but maybe still a little relevant

I’m involved in a committee at the Courier & Press that is exploring how the newspaper can best reach readers on the four platforms — print, web, smartphone and tablet. Many of the people on the committee are young, fresh faces in the industry.

Me, not so much. Instead, I’m kind of like the group mom, getting the position as co-chair, for my “grown-up” status.

We are giving a presentation next week of a “persona” — the person we have created that is a compilation of the people we surveyed to get feedback of what they’d like to see in those platforms. I thought of the idea of shooting short videos of someone that put a face and voice with this made up compilation person giving it some more reality.

“We should totally do a Vine!” one of the committee members exclaims.

“Oh yes. That would be awesome,” others chime in.

No idea. I don’t even have a glimmer of knowledge of what they are talking about. Typically when the cool kids are talking about something I’ve at least heard of it; I may not be an expert of it or know about it, but I at least have heard it uttered. Not Vine.

But I have learned it is a social networking site (another one!) for videos, six second videos. So like Twitter, that limits people to 140 characters, Vine limits videographers to six seconds.

I downloaded the program (you have to join Twitter, which I had surprisingly done years ago, although I haven’t tweeted, EVER) and shot my first Vine video. I LOVE IT!

I don’t necessarily think I’ll love connecting with others and seeing their videos, but I love the simplicity of it. Of course I’ve already “vined” Miles about 20 times. Yet another way for me to endlessly document my poor child’s life. One of these days this child may get a complex because someone isn’t standing in front of him with a camera or phone.

Have you checked out Vine? Find me by searching my name “Abbey Doyle.” We can be “vine friends.”

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