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Vine celebrates one year of uploads

The tech world might be fixated on the 30th anniversary of Apple's Macintosh, but there's another tech birthday to celebrate today: Twitter's Vine.

To celebrate one year of six-second videos, Twitter launched a new website called "A Year on Vine," showcasing some of the most memorable looping videos posted to the service this year.

"When we launched Vine on January 24, 2013, we didn't know what to expect," the Vine team wrote in a blog post. "To say that we've been blown away is an understatement. The creative community that has embraced Vine's short, looping videos has shown that you can tell a whole story, make people laugh and even leave people speechless — in six seconds or less."

Over the past year, Vine has proved a force to be reckoned with, racking up 40 million users in just seven months. Not one to pass up on an opportunity, rival Facebook made moves to capitalise on Vine's success, adding video capabilities to Instagram in June.

The Vine team, meanwhile, has released a steady stream of updates for the service, including web profiles, vanity URLs, new video editing capabilities, and support for web embeds. Originally launched exclusively for iOS devices, Vine arrived on Android in June and Windows Phone in November.

"We introduced Vine because we wanted to make it easier for people to create and share videos from a device we almost always have with us: our phone," the Vine team said. "Since then, you've shown time and again that video can bring us together in new and profound ways."