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View some early Vine blockbusters: 6 seconds of pleasure

What story can you tell in 6 seconds? Vine users on Twitter are already sharing recipes and making new Godzilla movies.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
Amanda Kooser
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CNET test cat Dashiell poses for a Vine video. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Six seconds isn't a lot of time to work with, but that's the length of video Twitter's new Vine service dishes out. The looping videos can be embedded in tweets and have already been described as "Instagram for video." Vine's out as of today as an app for iOS, with other platforms in the works.

The short time limit isn't stemming the flow of creativity from Vine's early users. So far, we've seen everything from a monster flick to a moving sale to a recipe demonstration. Here's a roundup of some noteworthy early Vine videos.

Ian Padgham, Twitter's illustrator and video animator, brings us this 6-second take on a monster movie. Warning: cartoonish violence.

CNET Associate Editor Emily Dreyfuss has discovered Vine as a way to share the shortest garage sale in history. The cat is not included in the giveaway, unfortunately.

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann demonstrates his extremely quick recipe for making steak tartare.

So far, many Vine videos seem to be of people's computer screens. This is probably just a function of folks being eager to try out the service, but still chained to their desks during working hours.

Where there are visuals, there will usually be porn. Expect plenty of Vine users to make attempts at 6 seconds of sexy time. Browsing Vine, I didn't see too much in the way of risque videos, but there was at least one artfully shot clip featuring a bikini-clad woman.

Besides porn and monitors, Vine should be a big hit with animal lovers. The number of dog videos is already reaching alarming proportions and I haven't even started looking for cats yet. I can't stop watching this hyper dachshund on loop.

Naturally, my first choppy post to Vine was of the CNET test cats sleeping on duty. I'd fire them, but I'm too busy being mesmerizing by the flood of Vine videos on Twitter.