Vining Nemo with Twitter’s Vine App

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Just read this article on DailyDot about Vining winter storm Nemo.

Is this a sign that the use of Instagram to record and share events is on its way out? I mean, just 3 months ago Instagram usage went through the roof when superstorm Sandy hit the east coast.

The Vine app is only a few weeks old and likely has a fraction of the 100 million plus on Instagram but I suspect this might change once Twitter starts to properly promote it to is 200 million monthly active users

Speaking for myself, a few months ago I used to post 2-4 new pictures on Instagram per week. But I’ve dropped that to less than one per week and 3 “Vines” this week.

The storm is only just getting started and I have no doubt that Instagram traffic will surge and it might surpass the number of pictures from Sandy.

I’ll be interested in watching Vine’s.

Casey Neistat’s Guide to keeping Instagram great

Instagram is great but a platform is only as good as its users. As Casey says, Instagram is not about the pictures, it’s about the sharing which allows everybody to peer into the lives of interesting people.

A brilliant example is a difference between Rick Ross’s Instagram versus that of Justin Bieber. While RR’s feed is a visual story of his fascinating life the Biebs is too busy taking pictures of himself all the time… there is no story!

Here is Casey Neistat‘s Rules for keeping Instagram great.

  1. Find your theme and share it.
  2. Easy with the hashtags, nobody cares (I’m guilty here!)
  3. Don’t tag people in their own pictures.
  4. Asking people to follow you is not ok, ever.
  5. Easy on the tilt-shift. (oops!)
  6. The cropping tool is there, use it!
  7. Your baby is cute but nobody needs to see 10 pictures.

Casey’s closing comments are critical to keeping Instagram great. A social networks lifespans are pretty short, they come and go but they only exist as long as we keep it awesome so let’s work together to do so.