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January 6, 2014

Vine Launches Web Profiles, TV Mode

Vine image — Vine brings profiles to the Web.

Vine is no longer just for mobile.

Twitter’s six-second video app has come to the Web.

Users can now log in to to watch videos from their laptops and desktop computers. This means they can also like, comment, revine and share videos as well as browse through their favorite users’ Vine profiles.

“This release is just a first step toward bringing you a richer, more enjoyable Web experience,” Vine engineer Janessa Det wrote in a blog post. “We look forward to introducing more improvements in 2014.”

Vine image — Vine in Web TV mode.

Vine image — Vine in Web TV mode.

Also new to Vine is TV mode, which is available only to Web users. By clicking the TV Mode button in the upper right corner, either of one’s own feed or the profiles of others, users can view videos both in sequence as well as in full screen mode.

Det described it as “an entirely new way to watch Vine videos.”

Vine, which has about 40 million registered users, allows users to effortlessly post and share short clips. It is available for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as for Android.

Vine was acquired by Twitter in January, before its official launch, for an undisclosed sum.