/// Vine, Twitter’s New Video-Sharing App, Gets Tangled Up on Launch Day

January 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Sorry, Twitter — not every new product debut can go swimmingly. Vine, Twitter’s video sharing app which launched officially on Thursday morning, ran into a few snags directly out of the gate, including some potential crossed-log-in issues that could affect user privacy. Vine user Keith Whamond reached out to AllThingsD directly, telling us he was logged into another user’s account inadvertently. The small, slightly annoying part: Whamond could potentially post to Vine as the other user he was logged in as — one Tyler Petersen. Additionally, a number of Vine users reported activity being posted to their accounts by people other than themselves. “[S]omeone else has posted from St. Louis using the @poptip handle (not us) — crossing users?” wrote Poptip founder Kelsey Falter in a tweet on Thursday. There’s a larger problem here, however. As Whamond was erroneously logged into Petersen’s account, Whamond was able to view Petersen’s private contact details — including email and phone number — inside the settings menu. If this were happening on a larger scale that’s a gnarly breach of user privacy. As of Thursday morning, it’s unclear how many users are experiencing the switched accounts issue. And for what it’s worth, Whamond told me that he was able to log out of Petersen’s profile and back into his own after re-launching the application. As many may have already noticed, only hours after launch, Vine has disabled sharing videos from the app to Facebook and Twitter. And a number of users are reporting that they are no longer able to sign into the service through their Twitter account. As for the switched accounts problem, a Twitter spokesperson told me that the team is currently looking into the issue. And to Twitter’s credit, the Vine team has acted fast in jumping on the account issues. Still, it’s a bummer of a way to kick off a new product launch, especially one that many are calling “the future of Twitter’s video efforts.” Disabling sharing through Twitter and Facebook on Day One could certainly dampen the app’s initial reception, not to mention limit the potential viral spread of the new service. Better luck tomorrow, Twitter.

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/// Vine, Twitter’s New Video-Sharing App, Gets Tangled Up on Launch Day

January 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Sorry, Twitter — not every new product debut can go swimmingly. Vine, Twitter’s video sharing app which launched officially on Thursday morning, ran into a few snags directly out of the gate, including some potential crossed-log-in issues that could affect user privacy. Vine user Keith Whamond reached out to AllThingsD directly, telling us he was logged into another user’s account inadvertently. The small, slightly annoying part: Whamond could potentially post to Vine as the other user he was logged in as — one Tyler Petersen. Additionally, a number of Vine users reported activity being posted to their accounts by people other than themselves.

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