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What's it about?
OEVO – CREATE 7 SECOND VIDEOS is the latest video-creation app attempting to replace the now-mostly-defunct Vine. It allows users to create seven-second videos, post them online, and earn real-world money by winning contests and gathering likes and shares. It also holds regular video contests, giving users the chance to win $100 a day, and cash prizes in the thousands for winning larger competitions. Users can search videos by keyword or category and can connect their account to their other social media accounts.
Is it any good?
Though there's some possibility of creativity in this app, the glitchiness, focus on internet fame, and complication of real case (to purchase coins and potentially win) are all downsides for teens. Issues begin when you try to sign up and find the sign up screen might work or might hang indefinitely, as it did both on Android and iOS devices. If you do make it in and try to navigate the menus, there's roughly a 50/50 chance you'll see the next screen. Either that, or the app will shut down completely. Frustrating as that is, it's the least of Oevo's worries. At this writing, the Record button is nonfunctional and makes the app crash, which basically nullifies the app's reason for being. Aside from the app not working properly, it access lots of information, especially if you sign up through other social media accounts. And the consumerism elements of buying gifts, earning money through likes, and winning contests adds a certain appeal for those seeking internet fame, but can lead to risky behavior for teens who want to push the envelope. Like so many imperfect social networking apps before it, Oevo – Create 7 Second Videos has potential and works well for some, but the promises of money, problems with functionality, and privacy risks make it a subpar choice for teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how apps like Oevo - Create 7 Second Videos use your information. Do you know when your apps are accessing your personal details?
Discuss making money from social media. What are the advantages to a system of contests like the one in this app? What are the disadvantages? Have you wanted to buy coins? Why or why not?
Think about what it means to create and consume "quality content." Is everything you do worth recording, sharing and watching?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases for more content)
- Release date: December 30, 2017
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 31.60 MB
- Publisher: Oevo Inc.
- Version: 1.3.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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