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Twitter brings us closer to blipverts, makes Slate's "Flutter" parody obsolete with "Vine" six-second videos.
A Twitter update can span up to 140 characters, and YouTube lets anybody upload videos as long as 15 minutes.
If that toleration of people who can't get to the damn point bothers you, Twitter has just the thing: Vine, a new service for sharing videos no longer than six seconds (http://vine.co/blog). Better yet, each clip loops endlessly, so if you missed a moment you have to wait no longer than five seconds to view it again.
In one move, Twitter has pushed society that much closer to the seconds-long "blipvert" TV ads of Max Headroom and effectively obsoleted Slate's 2009 parody video about "Flutter," a status-update service with a 26-character word count. Genius!