Step 1: Load up Vine.
Step 2: Go to your profile on Vine.
Step 3: Screenshot that noise.
Step 4: Load up Instagram.
Step 5: Upload that screenshot of your Vine profile.
Step 6: Choose a cool filter.
Step 7: There. Now your friends know you're now on Vine.
The new video app Vine won't let you access your Facebook friends list to add new contacts, but Viners are figuring out their own work-around by signaling to their Instagram friends that they've joined. It makes sense that users would want to follow the same group people they follow on Instagram as they would on Vine. You probably don't want to follow all of your Facebook friends (e.g., exes and high school weirdos), but if you like seeing someone's images in your Instagram feed, you'd want to see their Vines too.
In the past few days, hundreds of Instagrammers have posted their Vine profiles. Interestingly, it appears to be predominately women — style bloggers, mommy bloggers, and food and design fans. It's not exactly clear why, but I imagine a huge appeal in Vine to a parent who wants an easy way to share video of a child with friends and family.
But alas, Instagram is owned by Facebook, and Vine by Twitter, and the turf war over your contacts means that you can't easily transfer your Instagram crowd to Vine. For people who are avid Instagrammers but not Twitter users, this stinks.
Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.
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