Vine — the service for sharing short videos — has announced overnight that it has added a new feature to the service, enabling users to message and chat with friends and followers.
The Twitter-owned service has begun the rollout for the new feature, that lets users contact friends through either videos or text messages. The new feature is something that has been a long time coming, however it is very limited given there is no group chat availability. On the flip side, users can send videos to anyone in the users smartphone’s contacts, whether or not they are a current Vine user.
It seems for now though that Twitter is trying to ensure the service is more than just entertainment, and to a certain extent, becoming a complete social platform for the future. One wonders what the purpose of this is, given that Twitter is an existing, mature, and more fully-featured social platform that Vine was built on top of anyway.
The update is slowly rolling out however if you are impatient, you can head over to the Play store to download the update immediately.
Do you use Twitter’s Vine social video app? Would you consider trying out these new features or do you have any suggestions on what Twitter should bring Vine in future updates? We would like to hear your thoughts in the comments below