Vine adds front-facing camera support

April 30, 2013

Ready for the evolution of the selfie? Vine announced it will support videos made using a smartphone’s front-facing camera and that the Twitter-owned service will get a tad more social by allowing users to mention one another in their short video posts.

The company announced the changes in a blog post, though the news spread more quickly thanks to a front-facing camera Vine post from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

People can post up to six seconds of video using the app, which lets them switch between the rear- and front-facing cameras as many times as they want through a toggle button on the upper left-hand side of the screen.

The mentioning function works in much the same way as it does on Twitter; Vine users can scan for mentions of each other using the @ symbol before Vine usernames. The videos will link to those profiles automatically. They also can mention other users in the comments on Vine.

The app will automatically suggest names from within a users’ Vine network, Vine engineer Kristian Bauer wrote on the company’s blog.

Folks can download the new version of Vine’s app from Apple’s App Store now. There is currently no Android version of Vine, though the company told The Verge that it’s working to build an app for the platform “soon.”

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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