Microsoft has released a social networking app designed to connect family and friends in difficult times called Vine. Vine is available as a dashboard application accessible with a windows live ID, it can also be accessed via mobile phones and email.
How it works
You download the Vine dashboard application using that you can check the alerts sent by your contacts, their Facebook status updates, you can also send messages to them. You can set the geolocation then the app displays map with information and articles related to your location from 20,000 news and public safety sources.
Send and receive alerts. Organize people into groups – the sports team you coach, people who live nearby, family far away, special friends, and emergency contacts. Each person defines how they want to receive alerts â€“ through e-mail, a text message, or on their computer. Reach them quickly using alerts.
Post reports. You decide what you want to share with whom, and then the information is sent directly to their personal dashboard. Check in safe and well to let your family know you are okay, let trusted neighbors know youâ€
re headed out of town, keep people informed of situations that matter, or share general information like the team practice schedule for the week.
The app is aimed at small groups of people to stay in touch in crisis times to share the information.
The Microsoft Vine Beta connects you to the people and places you care about most, when it matters. Stay in touch with family and friends, be informed when someone needs help. Get involved to create great communities. Use alerts, reports and your personal dashboard to stay in touch, informed and involved.
Microsoft Vine is currently in private beta and is only available in US. Microsoft Vine works with windows with .Net 3.5 verision installed. You can request an invitation from Vine website. Via cNet