Twitter Vine Facebook Block, Trouble in Social Billionaire Paradise? Facebook Finds No Friends

Twitter delivered its Vine videosharing mobile app for iOS today. But its Find a Friend on Facebook is dead. Twitter Vine Facebook Find a Friend block? WHY? — Is there a Twitter Vine Facebook block? You bet. And a block on Voxer, too.

Twitter announced its edgy looping six-second video-sharing freeware Vine app today. But Facebook is blocking its Find a Friend feature. Just as it is blocking Voxer.

It’s for Apple iOS-based Apple iPhones and iPads. And it arrived late Thursday with much hoopla in the United States. Vine is sort of like a Twitter-Instagram like service but for video. It lets mobile users, reps say, easily share six-second video clips and loop them creatively. Scroll below for a description of the service. For now it’s a free Apple iOS app available in iTunes now. Give it a whirl.

At first glance, it seemed like a cool enough idea. Totally worth a look. But don’t expect it to find friends for you via Facebook. Facebook blocks access, just as it is now doing with Voxer, for its find a friend feature.

It’s after hours in the US. Twitter and Facebook reps have yet to return calls for comment. Scroll below for more on Vines and what the issue could be as we await return emails or calls here at Facebook and Twitter have a long history of spats. In 2010, Facebook similarly blocked Twitter

It’s the latest in social war tactics and app users get caught in the crossfire. Remember how Twitter and Instagram — now a Facebook property — sniped recently? It all has to do with Facebook Graph …

Backing up, here’s an excerpt from the Twitter Vine announcement description from the Vine blog just hours ago — Thursday, January 24, 2013 from Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman @dhof/. Read the full post here.

Hoffman wrote:

Today we’re launching Vine, a new mobile service that lets you create and share beautiful, short looping videos. With Vine, capturing life in motion is fun and easy … Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special. We’re also happy to share the news that Vine has been acquired by Twitter. Our companies share similar values and goals; like Twitter, we want to make it easier for people to come together to share and discover what’s happening in the world. We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it’s through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video.
Although we’ve joined Twitter, you don’t need a Twitter account to use Vine (but signing up is a little quicker if you do!). We are thrilled to be part of Twitter, and look forward to the opportunities we can pursue together in the future.

Comments anyone? Are you having success with Vines? Do you see a block or error message from Facebook on your Apple iOS Apple iPad or iPhone? Want to share some of your Vines creations with us here at — with or without Facebook, it’s interesting.

Screen capture via AllThingsD.

In a funny piece by Rusty Parch at CNET, a writer put the idea of six-second looping video tweets on day one — via Vines — in perspective. Here’s an excerpt. Full piece here. LOL.

So far, many Vine videos seem to be of people’s computer screens. This is probably just a function of folks being eager to try out the service, but still chained to their desks during working hours.

Where there are visuals, there will usually be porn. Expect plenty of Vine users to make attempts at 6 seconds of sexy time. Browsing Vine, I didn’t see too much in the way of risque videos, but there was at least one artfully shot clip featuring a bikini-clad woman. Besides porn and monitors, Vine should be a big hit with animal lovers. The number of dog videos is already reaching alarming proportions and I haven’t even started looking for cats yet. I can’t stop watching this hyper dachshund on loop.