TikTok – complete guide for teens and non-teens

What is TikTok?

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TikTok is a social media app. As of September 2018, it surpassed Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat in monthly installs within the U.S.A. Apple App Store and Google Play Store. And it has over five hundred million world monthly active users. Its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, is considered the world’s most valuable startup, with a valuation of over $75 billion. It’s so popular that Facebook even launched a competitor.

If TikTok sounds acquainted, it’s because you probably recall similar apps that came before it, like Vine and Dubsmash. Also, its predecessor is a service known as Musical.ly, launched in 2014 by Chinese entrepreneurs Alex Zhu and Luyu Yang. That app was acquired by ByteDance in 2017, which folded Musical.ly into its own TikTok app last August. Existing Musical.ly users were automatically migrated over to TikTok accounts.
Users basically woke up at some point and saw that the Musical.ly app on their phone had complete new brand and interface, however the identical core features.

How does TikTok work?

Getting started.

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The basic function of TikTok is that users can film videos of themselves lip-syncing or acting out sketches. Their videos can be up to fifteen seconds long. They can choose from a library of songs, effects, and sound bites to add to their videos. They can additionally “duet” with someone by replying to a video, creating a split-screen and endless reactions. Users can even add their own sounds and lip-sync to another user’s original video.

Navigating the app.

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In a nutshell, like videos from Vine or Instagram, TikTok videos are vertical. You can engage with “hearts”, which are the identical as “likes.” once you download the TikTok app and open it, you’ll instantly see curated featured videos, tagged “for you”. You can switch to “following” to see videos from the people you follow – whether or not they’re friends, or popular “Musers”. Click the home button within the bottom left for more new videos.

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You can also try the magnifying glass icon next to the home icon to search keywords and hashtags. within videos, tap on the screen to pause, or look to the right side for the user icon to go to a user’s profile or see the amount of “hearts” a video got and also the number of comments.
On the bottom of the video, you’ll notice the user’s name, caption, and also the name of the song that’s playing. Click on any song to see related videos.
It’s possible to look at videos without making an account.

Posting a video.

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When you’re ready to post your own video, click on the plus sign at the bottom of the home screen.
To make a TikTok video, you should sing and dance to music, or perform a sketch. While that sounds simple, it takes a lot of work. If you search YouTube for tutorials, you’ll see how intensive the TikTok video-making process can be for many users. If you’re looking for step-by-step instruction on the way to use the app, we suggest trying TikTok’s Support hub.

Who to follow on TikTok.

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Oddly, celebrities and popular influencers on other platforms haven’t been quick to adopt TikTok. However we’ve seen Jimmy Fallon’s team publish weekly games like the#TumbleweedChallenge, and Amy Schumer recently uploaded her first TikTok. Tony Hawk, too, is a TikTok user.
Some OG TikTok users have also become stars in their own right. For example, 16-year-old twins Lisa and Lena have thirty two million fans, while 18-year-old Baby Ariel has twenty nine million fans, and 16-year-old Loren gray has twenty nine million fans. Each of them has gone on to release their own singles.

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We suggest scrolling through TikTok to seek out users who you personally enjoy. However be warned: plenty of it’s corny. You’ll see numerous American teens essentiallydoing karaoke while trying their hardest to look provocative or cool on camera. Sometimes it’s cringey, other times it’s painfully awkward or feels wrong to look at. However many of these videos have even gone viral and become memes.
There’s the finger dancing meme, and also the challenges where you lip-sync to ice age or rotate your phone, for instance.

Should you try TikTok?

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It can’t hurt to download the app and see what it’s about, although we suspect it’ll make you feel old, instantly. Users on the app tend to be young, in our experience. In fact, there are such a large amount of high school-aged users that, once you see an adult appear within the featured video feed, you can’t help but feel like they’re out of place. Perhaps that’ll change sooner or later, especially as more celebrities embrace the service.

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