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Twitter's Vine App Might Grow Larger Than Instagram, Flickr

That's why I don't use Flickr. When I snap a picture, I usually want to have the option to share it on a social network, usually Twitter or Facebook. If I don't want to share it, I just use my iPhone camera and save it to my camera roll/photostream. So, why open up Flickr or Instagram if I can a.) share a photo straight from my iOS camera roll or b.) take it in Twitter using my smartphone camera and attach it to a Tweet instantly?

Same goes for video and Vine. After the novelty of Vine wears off, will I go to it specifically, as a standalone app? Absolutely not. It will end up an afterthought just like Instagram and Flickr.

However, if Twitter makes shooting and sharing a video a seamless experience that comes part and parcel with creating a Tweet (just like it does with photo taking and sharing), it will become a staple. Again, I use my phone's camera and/or Twitter directly to do most of my photo taking and sharing.

If Twitter can accomplish this -- and there's no good reason why it can't or shouldn't -- it will do two things: Make taking/sharing video cooler than taking/sharing still photos and, in the process, throw both Instagram and Flickr for a loop.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.
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