Microsoft started taking reservations for the limited beta of their Vine service today. Allegedly conceived after the Katrina disaster, it is now being brought to market as a twitter-service looking out for friends who need help.

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.

Although presented in a very humane context, that seems more like an excuse for jumping the real-time bandwagon extremely late. And it looks very improbable that the service will gain any particular traction, neither with the suggested use case nor any other. A remarkable lack of self-insight, or can there be a larger and more attractive agenda hidden somewhere?