Act now if you want a vanity Web address on Vine

Stick with your original Twitter handle (as our own Helen Popkin did) or pick a new URL for your Vine Web presence.

If you use Vine, Twitter's micro-video sharing app, you'll want to head over to the service's website today; the service is launching Web profiles, and you can reserve your vanity address now. Want to be at Better move fast.

The new Web profiles will let you browse public accounts easily in a browser, though there's no indication you'll be able to upload videos from your laptop or desktop. It may prove an easier way to skim through your old videos than pulling up the app itself.

To prevent people mass-registering all the good names, Vine requires that you have been on the service for at least a month and have posted at least two videos. So if you're just joining now, you'll have to wait a bit.

If you signed up for Vine through Twitter, your Twitter handle will be reserved for your use, so there's no need to worry if you're happy using that. But if you're tired of your old nickname, now's your chance to add a bit of variety to your social media presence.

But beware! Once you pick a Vine vanity URL, you're stuck with it — even if you make a typo. So check twice and submit once. Head over to to get your address sorted; the Web profiles aren't live yet, but should be soon.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is