WordPress, the largest blog and content mangement platform around, has now made it hella easy to embed Vine Videos. Now you can just take Vine.co URLs and paste them into WordPress and the videos will display in posts. (The Vine video app is a Twitter backed start-up that allow users to shoot short 6-second videos and share on the web. Vine has been quite popular among celebrities and social media junkies.) The announcement was made about a week ago via an email WordPress sent out and on the WordPress.com blog.
To embed Vine videos it is a simple process. Just take a Vine.co video URL and make sure to include “https” in front of the Vine URL and it will embed into a WordPress post. Wordpress also allows you to specifcy width and height when embedding Vine videos. Here is an example using one of my Vine video URLs;
[vine url=”https://vine.co/v/hAtULmKBJbH” width=300 height=300]
WordPress already has the functionality to embed videos from other video websites such as Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, etc. by just pasting in the URL when you are writing posts. (Of course sometimes WordPress doesn't like to cooperate and you need to embed the video code manually or it just won't work.) Now with the ability to embed Vine videos WordPress is continuing to make the platform easier and more on the cutting edge with the changing tides of social media.
Recently Instagram, the widely popular photo sharing app, launched a video service to compete with the Vine app. What would use Instagram video over Vine though? They allow videos to be up to 15 seconds instead of only 6 seconds on Vine.
The news of Automattic adding this functionality to WordPress seems to have turned the tables in Vine app's favor, at least for now. Of course I assume the Instagram video team is working right now on adding video functionality and maybe even with the Automattic. For now though you can embed Vine videos in WordPress only.
The annoying thing thing about the Vine app is you can't login the video service on a desktop browser. This makes it a bit difficult if all you want to do is go grab a Vine video URL to embed into WordPress. You have to share the video on another social network, then grab the Vine URL to post it. Probably not a huge issue for some people but it is something that I think could be improved.
What do you think of this news about Vine? Are you going to be embedding Vine videos on your WordPress blog?
[Source – WordPress.com Blog]