Vine, the new social network for six-second videos, is quickly catching on. Twitter announced their purchase of the network on Thursday. I wrote a brief introduction to it if you need to know more.
Vine offers a few ways to connect with people. You can find people using the search function, through contacts on your phone or your followers on Twitter. However, Facebook does not allow Vine to access your friends. There’s no easy way to provide a direct link to your Vine profile on Facebook.
How to Find Your Vine URL
On the following screen, you will see your picture, bio and some options below. Scroll down until you see the section labeled ‘Friends.’ Under this section, select ‘Invite via text.’ This will populate a new message for you. It should read “Follow me on Vine: vine://user/SomeReallyLongNumberHere.”
Copy everything from ‘vine://’ through the last number. This is the direct link to your profile.
How to Make Your URL Clickable
Because the URL to your profile links directly to an iPhone application, it will not be clickable if you paste it on Twitter, Facebook, or any other website.
You must turn the URL into a format that social networks or email will understand. The best way to do this is with TinyURL, a URL shortening tool (Bit.ly and Hootsuite will not shorten vine:// URLs). A URL shortener creates a new link that redirects to the original link you provided. In most cases, it’s used to save characters in a status update. In this case, however, it’s the only way to create a clickable link to your Vine profile.
Go to http://www.tinyurl.com. On this page is a box that says ‘Enter a long URL to make tiny’ as seen in the screenshot in this post. Paste the Vine URL in this box. Click the ‘Make TinyURL’ button. The page will reload with a short URL that links directly to your Vine profile. Copy the link. Now you’re ready to share your profile!
Only iPhone users who have Vine installed will be able to use the link.
Share it Everywhere
Add your Vine profile link to your Twitter bio, Facebook ‘About Me’ section, and your email signature. When possible, use the disclaimer ‘Links to iPhone app’ near the link so people will know what to expect when they click it.
Here is my Vine profile: http://tinyurl.com/johnsvine
Are you on Vine yet? If so, share your clickable profile link in the comments!