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Part of that sounds very twitter-like.
If you want to take part in the beta, submit your e-mail address to request an invitation.
Second, maybe they should try to bundle this with MSN Messenger, that would increase the software's usage.
Also, MS seems to be falling in the same branding trap as G: they should drop the Microsft and the Beta from "Microsoft Vine Beta". Vine on its own is a cool name.
Finally, I am not sure I really need an agregator for news (I have RSS for that) and social-web sites data (I already have too much of that).
What is cool though is the fact that the aggregation is partly done on the visual plane and not the textual one.
Still, it just looks like a mash up of news feed/facebook feeds, overlaid on a map and with Messenger capabilities. I bet someone (like G) could do a better job at this on a browser (so no download need) using AJAX.
What this product actually does is very unclear, but its only going to be available to United States.
We hope to hear your stories of how you use it, why it matters and what you’d like to be able to do with Vine in the future.
I've read all the info and can only say it seems to be like some kind of instant messaging service that connects to social networks.
Also, MS seems to be falling in the same branding trap as G: they should drop the Microsoft and the Beta from "Microsoft Vine Beta". Vine on its own is a cool name.
I think from what can understand, you setup different contacts and categorise them, then you can update or send messages to different groups of contacts. I suppose its taking Twitter/Facebook status to a different level.
Has a messenger like interface which links up with its own version of MSN maps which I assume means you can message different physical areas too.