On June 21, Google got hold on the trademark on the word Photovine and registered the domain through MarkMonitor.
Now, a page on the site revealed that it is a photo sharing app running on an iPhone.
But what differentiates Photovine? Well, that would be the "vines," or tags you add to images that connect you to others who have the same interest. Per Photovine's FAQ:
What is Photovine?
Photovine is a community that's about creating fun and unique collections of photos that we call Vines.
How does Photovine work?
In Photovine, vines connect you with people through the ideas and themes expressed in your photos.
A vine is like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world.
Some examples of vines could be: "What Weekends Are Made Of", "Secret Stuffed Animal", "Party People", or, "Love of My Life".
As people add photos to vines, they tell their own stories about the moments, images, and ideas that define our lives in a way that's social, creative, and fun.
Start a vine by taking a photo and creating a new caption, or add to an existing vine. Other people will see your vine and join in by adding their own photo, showing their own take on the caption.
What kind of photos can I post?
If you find yourself with a photo that you're not sure is a good idea to post, it's probably not. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn't want your family to see it, you probably shouldn't post it.
The teaser video, which you can see below, shows people from all walks of life taking pictures with their mobile phone and then using the Photovine service to upload them where they can be viewed by friends. The video seems to suggest that Photovine will be something like Twitter where people upload pictures in a stream much like they write and upload messages to a Twitter page. The phones shown in the video are iPhones which would suggest that the service will have an iPhone app involved. The service itself isn't live but the Photovine web site has a button where you can request an invite to try it out.
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