According to Business Insider, last month saw Google trademark and purchase PhotoVine.com, a website that is now live, and seems to suggest a mobile photosharing service, prominently displayed on an iPhone. While details are scant, you can nose through the website’s support page, and get a feel for what the service might offer.
What is Photovine?
Photovine is a community that’s about creating fun and unique collections of photos that we call Vines.
How does Photovine work?
In Photovine, vines connect you with people through the ideas and themes expressed in your photos.
A vine is like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world.
Some examples of vines could be: “What Weekends Are Made Of”, “Secret Stuffed Animal”, “Party People”, or, “Love of My Life”.
As people add photos to vines, they tell their own stories about the moments, images, and ideas that define our lives in a way that’s social, creative, and fun.
Start a vine by taking a photo and creating a new caption, or add to an existing vine. Other people will see your vine and join in by adding their own photo, showing their own take on the caption.
So, it seems almost like an image forum — you post an image, and your friends riff on the theme. Huh, that almost makes it sound like Google’s take on 4chan in a bizarre kind of way.