What is TikTok and Why is it So Popular?

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Most people believe that Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook are the only social media platforms that are popular. But, they are completely wrong. Tik Tok is a new social media app that has grown increasingly popular, and yet most people are very confused on what the app actually is. Tik Tok is an app that allows people to choose songs or create their own sounds which really allows users to express themselves through the app. The social media platform allows its users to create short but fun, appealing videos to the millions of people on the app.

Users on the platform can film themselves lip syncing, acting out sketches, or creating duets which allows users to react to other users Tik Toks. The videos last up to 15 seconds long and users can also do a live video on the site. Tik Tok is extremely fun and easy to use because of the way users can scroll easily up and down through videos. The app also allows for videos to be sped up and slowed down, or they can be edited to have a special filter. These short, comedic videos have allowed the app to become incredibly popular among the preteen and early teen community.

What attracts people to Tik Tok is the music that users can pick from and the way they can express themselves through the app. Plus, Tik Tok is always adding new features that its fans seem to enjoy. With other social media apps, people seem to see a quota and standard that they have to live up to. Users on these apps want to impress others around them and not try to make a fool out of themselves. But Tik Tok can push people out of their comfort zones. On Tik Tok, you don’t have to live up to any of the standards involved with the other social media apps. People can truly be themselves on the app and it seems like this freedom of expression has been working out for the company’s success.   

Why has Tik Tok grown so popular? Before Tik Tok, there were two apps, Musical.ly, which became Tik Tok, and Vine. Vine was very popular in 2013-2015, but in early 2016, Vine was completely shut down. People had to find a new way to create comedy and have fun with social media. That was where Tik Tok came in. After buying Musical.ly, Byte dance decided to change the app differently from what it used to be. Instead of focusing on lip syncing and dancing, Byte dance decided to make the app a platform to share videos that have a short amount of time for comedy and the ability to make your own sounds with your voice, in addition to the music that Musical.ly was so famous for. People seem to find Tik Tok as a good replacement for Vine as many new comedic videos can be published and watched by millions on multiple platforms outside of Tik Tok. But, Tik Tok is not just a replacement for a discontinued app. It is its own platform.

Tik Tok is an app that was originally called Musical.ly. After Chinese company Byte dance had acquired the media app for 800 million to 1 billion dollars, Musical.ly was merged with one of Byte dance’s other media apps, Douyin. The newly merged app gave new availability for creativity among the social media community. But just because it appeals to millennial, doesn’t mean it is only for them. Many adults are finding fun in the app too. They seem to enjoy the freedom and expression involved in the app. Obviously, the response to the app has been amazing, with having over 500 million active users a month, it’s hard to disagree that people enjoy it.

Now how has Tik Tok helped people? Tik Tok provides many new opportunities for everyday people who make short videos on Tik Tok, and artists whose songs are featured on the app.These songs have gone on to become very popular among many people including artists in the music industry. An example of one of these songs is Old Town Road by Lil Nas X. Because of Tik Tok, this song became the number one song on the billboard’s top 100. And this is just one of many songs that has changed an artist’s life. Another example of how Tik Tok helped someone blow up and have massive amounts of fame is 16 year old Jacob Sartorius. He went from nothing, to having millions of fans and followers, mostly thanks to Tik Tok.

Most people believe that Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook are the only social media platforms that are popular. But, they are completely wrong. Tik  Tok is a new social media app that has grown increasingly popular, and yet most people are very confused on what the app actually is. Tik Tok is an app that allows people to choose songs or create their own sounds which really allows users to express themselves through the app. The social media platform allows its users to create short but fun, appealing videos to the millions of people on the app.

Users on the platform can film themselves lip syncing, acting out sketches, or creating duets which allows users to react to other users Tik Toks. The videos last up to 15 seconds long and users can also do a live video on the site. TikTok is extremely fun and easy to use because of the way users can scroll easily up and down through videos. The app also allows for videos to be sped up and slowed down, or they can be edited to have a special filter. These short, comedic videos have allowed the app to become incredibly popular among the preteen and early teen community.

What attracts people to Tik Tok is the music that users can pick from and the way they can express themselves through the app. Plus, Tik Tok is always adding new features that its fans seem to enjoy. With other social media apps, people seem to see a quota and standard that they have to live up to. Users on these apps want to impress others around them and not try to make a fool out of themselves. But Tik Tok can push people out of their comfort zones. On Tik Tok, you don’t have to live up to any of the standards involved with the other social media apps. People can truly be themselves on the app and it seems like this freedom of expression has been working out for the company’s success.   

Why has Tik Tok grown so popular? Before Tik Tok, there were two apps, Musical.ly, which became TikTok, and Vine. Vine was very popular in 2013-2015, but in early 2016, Vine was completely shut down. People had to find a new way to create comedy and have fun with social media. That was where Tik Tok came in. After buying Musical.ly, Bytedance decided to change the app differently from what it used to be. Instead of focusing on lip syncing and dancing, Bytedance decided to make the app a platform to share videos that have a short amount of time for comedy and the ability to make your own sounds with your voice, in addition to the music that Musical.ly was so famous for. People seem to find Tik Tok as a good replacement for Vine as many new comedic videos can be published and watched by millions on multiple platforms outside of Tik Tok. But, Tik Tok is not just a replacement for a discontinued app. It is its own platform.

Tik Tok is an app that was originally called Musical.ly. After Chinese company Bytedance had acquired the media app for 800 million to 1 billion dollars, Musical.ly was merged with one of Bytedance’s other media apps, Douyin. The newly merged app gave new availability for creativity among the social media community. But just because it appeals to millennial, doesn’t mean it is only for them. Many adults are finding fun in the app too. They seem to enjoy the freedom and expression involved in the app. Obviously, the response to the app has been amazing, with having over 500 million active users a month, it’s hard to disagree that people enjoy it.

Now how has Tik Tok helped people? Tik Tok provides many new opportunities for everyday people who make short videos on Tik Tok, and artists whose songs are featured on the app.These songs have gone on to become very popular among many people including artists in the music industry. An example of one of these songs is Old Town Road by Lil Nas X. Because of Tik Tok, this song became the number one song on the billboard’s top 100. And this is just one of many songs that has changed an artist’s life. Another example of how Tik Tok helped someone blow up and have massive amounts of fame is 16 year old Jacob Sartorius. He went from nothing, to having millions of fans and followers, mostly thanks to TikTok. People can go from a nobody who has nothing left in their bank account, to a star making hundreds of thousands of dollars. And all of this can happen through a free app that millions of people enjoy daily.

We decided to get some opinions people in our class and see what they think of the app as the demographic the app appeals to. Millie talks about her obsession with the app: “It’s taken over my life… I really like Tik Tok… It like, really means a lot to me.” Millie’s feelings about Tik Tok just goes to show how it appeals to many people, and it is something that provides joy and entertainment to everyone. Charlie tends to talk about the amount of time she spends on the app, similar to Millie, “I think it’s pretty snazzy. I do it 24/7.” In addition, Sabrina sheds some light on the negative side of Tik Tok: “There is a lot of creepy people on it. It scares me.” The stalker-ish side of the app that Sabrina talks about goes to show how Tik Tok being a free app has consequences. Anyone can download the app, including potential predators which can scare away the younger girls from the platform with the thought of these creepy adults watching them dance and sing at any time.

With the future still ahead of us, who knows what direction Tik Tok will go in and how it will evolve in the years to come. There are an endless amount of possibilities that can help grow and expand the app. Thanks to new people rising to fame everyday, the app has many new opportunities to reach out to multiple different audiences. So far, Tik Tok has become a major influence to the social media world and only time will tell where the app will go in the future.

can go from a nobody who has nothing left in their bank account, to a star making hundreds of thousands of dollars. And all of this can happen through a free app that millions of people enjoy daily.

We decided to get some opinions people in our class and see what they think of the app as the demographic the app appeals to. Millie talks about her obsession with the app: “It’s taken over my life… I really like Tik Tok… It like, really means a lot to me.” Millie’s feelings about Tik Tok just goes to show how it appeals to many people, and it is something that provides joy and entertainment to everyone. Charlie tends to talk about the amount of time she spends on the app, similar to Millie, “I think it’s pretty snazzy. I do it 24/7.” In addition, Sabrina sheds some light on the negative side of Tik Tok: “There is a lot of creepy people on it. It scares me.” The stalker side of the app that Sabrina talks about goes to show how Tik Tok being a free app has consequences. Anyone can download the app, including potential predators which can scare away the younger girls from the platform with the thought of these creepy adults watching them dance and sing at any time.

With the future still ahead of us, who knows what direction Tik Tok will go in and how it will evolve in the years to come. There are an endless amount of possibilities that can help grow and expand the app. Thanks to new people rising to fame everyday, the app has many new opportunities to reach out to multiple different audiences. So far, Tik Tok has become a major influence to the social media world and only time will tell where the app will go in the future.

 

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TikTok

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/12/10/18129126/tiktok-app-musically-meme-cringe

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/forget-the-trade-war-tiktok-is-chinas-most-important-export

https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/02/tiktok-surpassed-facebook-instagram-snapchat-youtube-in-downloads-last-month/

 

 

 

 

 

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