Jun 18, 2013 · 0 minutes

Hundreds of thousands of people are out on the streets in Brazil tonight protesting deteriorating economic conditions. The photos out of Rio De Janiero, São Paulo, and Brasilia have shown the protests' jaw-dropping scale, and the news reports have captured the urgency of the situation. But a six-second video clip tonight gave the world one incredibly powerful hit of what the protests really look like, and it spread through Twitter like wildfire.

We've already seen the power of Vine to make us laugh and gape, but now we've seen the power of Vine to relay news with vivid force, immediacy, and virality. Get used to it. Vine will be a mainstay of how we consume news in the Twitter Age.

[Photo via @afootballreport]