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My new social media obsession: Vine

vine-app-hed-2013I resisted getting into Vine – a social media application which helps you make six-ish second videos and easily put them online, on Twitter, Facebook, whatever.

I didn’t really see the need for it at first – in a world with Youtube, do we need another video service?

The answer, as it turns out, is yes. And I’d like to apologize for doubting you, Vine.

I downloaded the application after seeing it come up in the App Store on my iPhone. I wasn’t sure I’d use it, but I decided to give it a try.

I was amazed. It is so easy to use, and it is a fun way to give a snapshot of what you’re doing and where you are with little to no effort.

You simply press down, record and bam – your video is there.

Here’s one I made this weekend while riding the Grand Carousel this weekend with my fiance.

It took me literally 10 seconds to do. And it shared right on my Twitter page.

And I’m not the only Daily Item staffer using it. Photographer Amanda August is too.

I’m pretty excited to see how it evolves, though I love where it is now – simple, fast and fun. It’s exclusively on mobile, which means that its exclusively made for app users and people on the go. Which I like, because that keeps the app focused.

Are you on Vine? What do you like about it?

Regional pages

A little note on some cool social media things happening at the Daily Item:

Make sure to check out the new regional pages on dailyitem.com!

Venturing into the hyperlocal content, we’ve added regional pages, which roughly follow school districts in the area. They’re a cool way to catch up on local and school news in your area.

Here’s the “Our Valley” page, which collects all of the stories:


Also note that the Daily Item’s twitter page is also becoming bigger and better, using the hashtag “#TheDailyItem” to expand conversation on social media.

I’m a huge Twitter fan, tweeting from my personal account every chance I can get. [Note: Let me know your username and I’ll follow you! I’m always looking for new follows!]

That’s what we’re doing here – but what do you want to see? Let me know!

Snow days!

It’s supposed to snow big here in the Valley today, so make sure to send me your snow pictures – I’ll post them here!

As I’ve previously discussed, I’m not a huge fan of snow – but I’m excited to see what it looks like across the area when the two to four inches hits us this afternoon.

And apparently a lot of people in the area are big fans of snow:


Keep checking at  dailyitem.com for updates on snow conditions and any road closings, and I’ll let you know what I’m seeing out and about tomorrow.


Tweet, Tweet

I’m a huge Twitter nerd. I love the microblogging site, and can be found tweeting at all times of day and night, depending on what’s happening … or, more likely, what’s on TV.

But seriously, Twitter is a great tool for businesses, brands and individuals alike. It’s become like a Facebook for many us Twi-hards: the first site you check in the morning and the last you look at before bed.

But now comes the hard part: convincing others to tweet too.

How do you describe the feeling of seeing events unfold in real time? How do you describe the thrill of being the first to release information?

But seriously, Twitter helps journalists do their jobs. You can find out what happens, when it happens.

You can also be the first to let people know what’s happening – if something big happens, it’s easy to put it in 140 characters and send that info out to the public.

Those are my main reasons for Tweeting, anyway. But I’ve seen these events in action.  For skeptics, it’s harder to imagine.

So I’m asking for help: how would you describe Twitter to someone who doesn’t use it? What are it’s benefits? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you in the comments or via e-mail!