Vine launches Web embeds, updates iOS app to share others’ videos via Twitter and Facebook

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Summers, Nick

March 29, 2013

This article originally appeared on The Next Web

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Twitter has updated its Vine video service today so that users can embed both their own six-second shorts and those created by other users anywhere on the Internet. The feature has been rolled out today both as an update to the iOS app and the Vine.co website.

It’s a feature that’s been requested since Vine launched in January, although numerous workarounds such as Vine It have been created since then to sidestep the problem. Given that Vines appear immediately on Twitter, many users have also taken to simply embedding their videos via tweets instead.

You can grab the embed option now directly from the Vine app, both for your own video shorts and those uploaded by other people. The app has also been updated so that users can share other users’ Vines through Twitter and Facebook.

Embedding from the app isn’t a simple process though. From any feed, users need to hit the ellipsis icon nestled underneath the video and tap “Share this post”. The Twitter and Facebook options are fairly self explanatory, but choosing the embed option will bring up a new email with an altered link for the Vine’s webpage.

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Once the link has been sent, you then need to click-through from the email to bring up the embed options. It’s worth noting that anyone can reach this stage simply by adding “/embed” to the end of any Vine webpage.

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The webpage has two different embed options; a “simple” version which is borderless and looks very clean, as well as a “postcard” alternative that includes the creator’s username, their profile picture and a caption at the bottom.

After choosing the appropriate pixel dimensions – 600px, 480px or 320px wide – users simply scroll to the bottom of the screen and copy the embed code found in the white text box.

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Paste the embed code almost anywhere on the Internet, and the end result should look something like this:

It’s also worth noting that almost any Vine uploaded by another user can be embedded by clicking on this embed button, located in the bottom left-hand corner of the video. The caveat is that to have access to this button, the creator must have already shared the Vine through Twitter, Facebook or another social network.

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Dom Hofmann, Co-founder and GM of Vine said: “When we launched Vine, we described posts as ‘little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life’. With today’s update, you can display them almost anywhere.”

(This is a breaking story. More to follow.)

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