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Ahead of Instagram Video Launch, Twitter Tweaks Facebook by Teasing Vine Features to Come

Let’s be honest, it can be a lot of fun when rivals try to mess with each other’s big launch events.

Thus, Twitter just put up a vague blog post that promises more features to come for its popular Vine video app. And as AllThingsD just reported, a new video offering from its Instagram photo-sharing unit will be the sole product launch at a Facebook event this Thursday.

Which means, it was time for Twitter, which has the most popular such product in the space, to crow.

“Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing some exciting new parts of Vine,” said its blog post today. “As always, we’ll share details on updates as we release them.”

Instagram plans to release its video product at a press event at the social networking giant’s headquarters, according to sources, marking the first time the robust, 100-million user photo-sharing network will offer more than static images.

It will have to catch up to Vine, which is now available on both Apple iPhone and Google Android, and which recently announced 13 million users. The new features are presumably to keep clear of Instagram’s splash in the pool.

Until it’s all sorted out, here’s Vine’s clever “thank you” video to users, which it also released today:

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus