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TechBit: Get your creative juices flowing with Vine

What can you create in six seconds?

Vine, a new app from the Twitter-owned company of the same name, allows users to get their creativity flowing by making a few short films — really short. Vine lets users film for six seconds, though it offers some editorial control by letting them start and stop their recording. The time limit requires users to really distill what they’re trying to capture. Some users seem to have taken to the app, creating fun, short animations and how-to videos. Others prove that even six seconds is long enough to be boring.

All films are posted publicly to a central feed, meaning that there are no privacy settings and no real way to screen videos for content, so you’ll probably want to supervise before handing it off to the kids. The app would improve from privacy settings that allow users to only show videos to a select group of friends. But, all in all, it’s a pretty fun exercise in using time wisely. Free, for iOS devices.

Hayley Tsukayama

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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