Jack Is Better At This Vine Thing Than Me

22 Sep

No secret, I’m a big fan of Social Media. I usually try the latest and greatest, but mostly stick to the big three…at least for me…Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.

Here is my quick take on some of them:

Twitter – The best one out there, by far, hands down. If you don’t have a Twitter, get one. If you don’t understand it, learn. One of the greatest things about it, is it’s list feature. You can create a news list, comedy list, sports list, etc.  Then you have little pockets of news and entertainment. However, sometimes the 140 character limit gets annoying because I can be wordy.

Facebook – Good for those posts that you just can’t get down to 140 characters no matter how hard you try.  Also apparently good for baby pictures, car pictures, and cryptic sad posts.

WordPress – A community. Enough said. Love.

Instagram – If you like pictures of other people’s food, then this is the place for you.

LinkedIn – Seems to be a network for people in business. The only thing I use it for is to promote this blog and the Long Awkward Pause magazine. I imagine people sitting around in business suits, opening their LinkedIn feed and seeing my posts about boobs, twinkies, and toilet paper and throwing their phones at the window. I drove by the Chase Bank building in downtown Orlando the other day after publishing and saw a big pile of cell phones lying outside of it and I smiled. I knew I did my job well that day.

FourSquare – Tells people when your not home. Good for members of the Wet Bandit Gang.

GetGlue – Tells people what shows you are watching. People really don’t care what shows I’m watching, I get that. However, you earn virtual stickers for checking into certain shows. The really cool thing is that GetGlue will send you real stickers of your virtual stickers for free! Everyone likes stickers.

Tumblr – If you like animated Gifs and seeing the same funny picture 50 times from 50 different people, then this different take on the blog format is for you. Also, boobs.

Google + – This service was suppose to be the Facebook killer. Well, after killing nothing, it’s now overrun by Google employees and people in various web related industries. If you’re a techie, web designer, or computer programmer, then you will want to hang out here.

Pinterest – It started with the women of the world posting their craft and holiday ideas. Slowly, some of us has been invading it with our dumb pictures and themes. I actually have a big following on here and have declared myself the King of Pinterest.

YouTube – We all know what this is…the cool thing about YouTube is that over the last couple of years they have funded original programming, and a lot of those shows are incredibly good. Three that I like to watch are: TableTop, Why Would You Eat That? and Bored Shorts TV. I also use YouTube to catch up the Jimmy Fallon Show.

There are other sites out there, but who cares?

About…I don’t know…6 or so months ago, along comes Vine for Android. IPhone users had Vine for awhile. If your not familiar, it’s an app where you record 6 second videos that play in a continuous loop.

Side Note: When Vine hit the Android platform the IPhone people were upset. This makes no sense to me, because if you are in to creating something, why wouldn’t want more people to see it? You just doubled your number of followers dumb ass! This was the start of putting a sour taste in my mouth about Vine.

Side Note Two: Vine has a created a new type of porn. The 6 second porn. Make your own obvious jokes here.

Side Note Three: I suck at Vine. I suck at all those other platforms too, but I really, really, really  suck at Vine.

For example, this was one of my first Vines:

And it has all the classics of what most Vines are: something random, some kid, and not very interesting.

Here is another attempt:

A lot of Viners…I don’t know if that is what they call themselves, but I’m calling them that…like to practice the art of misdirection, by filming one thing, then cutting to something random. Here is my attempt:

(If there is no sound, hover over the video with your mouse cursor and click the speaker icon that comes up. Your not missing anything if you can’t get it to work.)

I’m not a good Viner. Most of my vines miss the key action of the scene, like this from Medieval Times:

In this vine, it starts with me missing the start of the competition, thus the guy just sitting on the horse, then cut to me missing the battle, which is why you see the knight getting off the ground, and finally a missed shot of a knight being tossed from his horse.

This one is of a zombies at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights walking through the bar line. I started the video too early and missed the actual walk through. No second chance with this stuff, which is why I just posted it anyway. It was cool…the part not in the Vine that is…

Here is another zombie where I cut off the Vine just before the attack on some unsuspecting tourist in line:

If you pay close attention, at the end you can see him about to lunge. I missed the lunge. The lunge was the best part.

As of this writing, I only have about 30 Vines. It’s not really something I plan on doing regularly.  Vine already has it’s standout “stars” as it is, one of them being Nicholas Megalis:

Go follow Nick, and in the meantime, I’ll just leave you with my best vine:

45 Responses to “Jack Is Better At This Vine Thing Than Me”

  1. pelicanfreak September 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    That is EXACTLY why I use Get Glue! The stickers!!!!!!!!! Twitter , eh. FB – cryptic sad posts. I might be guilty of that on occasion. Oh well…. LinkedIn… my company has found lots of paying opportunities on there lately – since we started to take it seriously. It’s paying the bills! So…. I can’t complain… but it would be more fun to use it the way you do 🙂

  2. floridaborne September 22, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

    So many choices…but one I won’t make again is linkedin. It may be coincidence, but after signing up I began to get hundreds of unwanted email asking me to give to nigerian charities, etc.

  3. peacelovegreatcountrymusic September 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM #

    Tumblr is like the WebTv of blogs. I didn’t keep mine there for long.

    • Christopher De Voss September 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM #

      I have it, rarely use it. Another promotion tool only.

  4. Lindsey Brown September 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM #

    I finally got on the twitter bandwagon last year and I love it. Still trying to learn wordpress, but I will admit I actually love google+ but I am a tech nerd.

  5. The Bumble Files September 22, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

    What was that?! Thoroughly entertaining, Chris. I should get a Twitter. You’ve convinced me. I don’t know why I delay at this stuff. I can see how the Vining (is this a term?) would be harder than it looks, like photographing motion. I suck at that one. You did good! Thanks for explaining it all. Now I don’t feel like I’m missing out on all that much. There seems to be a lot of fluff out there.

    • Christopher De Voss September 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

      So much. If nothing else Twitter will help get your blog out there more. If you get one, I’ll send you my blog list.

  6. Rutabaga the Mercenary Researcher September 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM #

    I can’t keep up – my phone doesn’t do anything but ring and dial. I can cope with FB and WP. That’s as social as I can cope with.

  7. ohlidia September 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

    I do have a twitter account but not sure how to use it. I will take your advice though and learn. Love your vines! Which I had never heard of… along with Get Glue, and Four Square.

    • Christopher De Voss September 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM #

      GetGlue is cool. Foursquare you can pass on, and thank you for the nice vine comment.

  8. Southern Sea Muse September 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM #

    I just scrolled to here after “meat” and “lizard.”
    That’s all I needed. That clip is my life just around the panhandle from you.

    This is an excellent summary of everything the “older people who want to stay current” need to know. Thank you on their behalf. Er, not that I identify myself with Them. But just sayin’.

  9. pixiegirlkc52 September 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

    i will shove a hot poker up my ass before i ever sign up for twitter. as for vine….i cant even figure out how to make a video. the end. thank you.

    • Christopher De Voss September 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

      If we could sit down together, I could show you what your missing. As for Vine, it’s the video button, then press the screen to record. Let go of it when you’re done.

      • pixiegirlkc52 September 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM #

        Ahh! Thanks! Now that i’ve the secret of the vine nothing can stand in my way from total world domination! MwhahahahA! Annnnnnnd i’m still a no go for twitter.

      • Christopher De Voss September 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM #

        World watch out!

  10. Jack Flacco September 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

    I love Twitter because I can leave little snippets of thought for others to retweet or ignore. Facebook is fun to post things that are interesting enough for folks to view as one seamless stream. And of course WordPress is my absolute favorite for posting tons of useful ideas, questions and expositions! I have yet to try Vine!

    • Christopher De Voss September 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

      I’m still on the fence about Vine, but check it out.

  11. David Stewart September 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM #

    Lately I’ve had a feeling I should get a Twitter account, which is odd, since I always vowed to avoid it. I just have so many 140-character or less things floating around in my head that have to get out.
    Plus, gotta love that Jesus car, although you can tell I’m an English teacher when I immediately saw they spelled “difficult” wrong.

    • Christopher De Voss September 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM #

      Haha! If nothing else, Twitter will help promote your blog.

  12. Sandee September 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

    I still love to hate social media — “Shoe Hands” — yay!

  13. silkpurseproductions September 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Agreed! Twitter is the my preference and I suck at Vine.

  14. sophpearl September 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

    Great blog! I totally can relate to the Vine part – I always think my videos will be funny and great and then I realize they’re not…it’s upsetting every time.

    • Christopher De Voss September 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

      I’m alright with not being the King of Vine. Sometimes though we are harder on our own creative processes than other people. Maybe they are funnier than you think.

  15. Monk Monkey September 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM #

    “JESUS – Think about it” …hmmm…

  16. Monk Monkey September 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

    PS: These were just hilarious – and the first times I’ve heard your sexy voice!

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