Crazes of the Interwebs: Vine
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
Vine. Yes, Vine it’s a thing. This is for all the nerds out there that are interested with the intricate inner-workings of random social networking applications. First, there was Twitter for the written word, then Instagram for those who believe a picture is worth more than 140 characters and now there is Vine. Vine is a social media network that allows its users to record 6 seconds of footage and post it to their followers. And dang, can people get creative.
The first Vine that got my attention was an immediate Internet sensation, where the poster simply needed a spoon, some cereal and a bit of imagination:
Then my awareness towards the ‘Vine Famous’ escalated. Will Sasso from MADtv, Chris D’Elia from Whitney, Andy Milonakis from his self-titled show and Simon Rex; all these people were already a part of this wonderfully weird and weirdly wonderful 6-second universe. The only rule of the game seems to be: if you’re funny and creative, people will like you. Simon Rex features his freestyle rap and his split personality Contradiction Rick. Will Sasso features Hulk Hogan and a countless number of lemons (yes, lemons):
Chris D’Elia has created a series of Vines including “beautiful versions” of rap songs where he belts out the lyrics in an … opera-esque way and the series “Excuse Me, Sir,” forever changing the way people think of the word “Obviously.” It’s a bit hard to explain, but pick up any smartphone (Vine has recently become available on Android as well) and look it up.
Others who are Vine famous include Nicholas Megalis, who is most well known for his 6-second songs about random objects. More specifically his lyrics “Wake up late on a Saturday, chilling in the crib with a pocket full of pancakes”, which were covered by hundreds of Vine users including a very Vine-current Marcus Johns.
Here’s Marcus Johns’ creative:
And here’s his funny:
Voila; 622,1000 people like him.
If you want to check the app out there is a vast ocean of talented and funny people on it. But those at the top of my list right now are singer and actor Rudy Mancuso, Christian Delgrosso and his multiple eccentric characters; Cam Urevick for perfecting the art of Vinception, Jordan Burt who has created the most adorable alter ego the social network has seen, singer and comic Brendon Urie and Brittany Furlan for her appearances as Natalie Nature and the Beekeeper.
One more thing: vine collaborations; when those who are Vine famous are seen with other Vine famous users; something along the lines of the six-degrees of Kevin Bacon. We have seen Will Sasso with Chris D’Elia, Chris D’Elia with Jordan Burt and KC James, Jordan Burt with Brittany Furlan, Brittany Furlan with Marcus Johns and Marcus Johns with Simon Rex. So yes, they all seem to know each other.
I leave you with the sudden feeling that the Internet will never be rid of its strange trends, but although Vine is possibly the strangest application I have ever downloaded it’s also an outlet where you can be yourself, no matter how weird.
To sum it all up: