Vine is making it easier for its users to share short videos through its Website this holiday season. The service, which is owned by microblogging site Twitter, has rolled out its own vanity URLs for this purpose. The idea is to personalize URLs of Vine accounts of existing users to make those catchier to attract more attention.
The personalized option for URLs is provided to all existing users of the service. Even non-verified accounts could enjoy it. However, each user has to reserve their unique links through the Website.
It should also be noted that this feature is available only to its current users. Those who are just about to open a Vine account may not be qualified yet for the vanity URLs. That is because there is a requirement for a user to first be a Vine user for at least 30 days to be eligible for it. The user also must have at least two videos since he started using the service.
Another setback for those who are interested to get the personalized URLs is the difficulty to come up with a unique and catchy username. Users’ Twitter handles could be an option but they could still create new names. Those who intend to use their Twitter handles should still register the name for confirmation.
Any user could use any handle for the Vine vanity URLs. This is to make sure that each personalized Web address would be interesting and catchy enough to make it easier and faster to disseminate such data to more prospective users in the future.
Joining the fray
Vine is not the first social networking site to offer and facilitate vanity URLs. It should be noted that prior to its own attempt to use it, other more established sites like Facebook and Google + already have that same service. Even Apple’s App Store has already started offering vanity URLs. Such special URLs have been proven to be effective especially these days when social media users should all the more be responsible and resourceful.
The service has tweeted the availability of this new feature. In that brief statement, Vine declared that the personal Web profile URLs are now available as vine.co. Vine did not release further details about it, but it is expected that its users would heed the call and start creating new handles.