What is Tik Tok and How to Download it?: In our recent article, how to downloading TikTok videos, we covered a number of solutions for downloading and saving TikTok videos. The response was good however we received some feedback from people asking us what TikTok is. Have received this feedback we’ve decided to write an article on the TikTok app explaining a few of its key features.
What is TikTok?
TikTok is fairly new to the realm of social networking. It was formerly known as Musically before it was re-branded into the TikTok app. The company that owns and runs the app is Beijing’s ByteDance group who also operated a Chinese version of the app named Douyin. They bought the Musically app in the fall of 2017 for a whopping $800 million USD before merging it with what is known today as TikTok.
TikTok is primarily a video sharing platform for sharing short video clips of 15 seconds or less. Think of it like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook but only for video clips. It’s hugely popular with over 1 billion videos being viewed every day. ByteDance claims that they have over 500 million active monthly users and with it being one of the most downloaded apps on the Android and Apple app stores, those numbers are likely to continue to grow.
How to access TikToK?
You can currently access TikTok both on Android and Apple smartphones. You will need to install the app by visiting the appropriate app store for your device. The TikTok app is available on more than 30 different languages so it’s very likely that your language is supported. Once you’ve installed the app you will have to sign-up for an account either by connecting to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Alternatively, you can sign up with just an email address and password. Once signed up you’ll have access to all the TikTok features. You’ll be able to publish videos, comments on other’s video clips, search for users and much more.
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Presently, TikTok doesn’t have a web version of their app however there are third-party websites that allow you to view TikTok videos online. These third-party apps let you view videos, browse for users and hashtags, and even view comments. Alternatively, you can access the official TikTok website where you are able to view trending videos but that’s just about all you can do.
Who is TikTok For?
TikTok is primarily an app geared toward teens and young people. In the Android and Apple app store, it is rated as being for ages 12 and up. The ratings may be different in your country so it’s best you visit the app store to see what it’s rated for you. Teens particularly love using the app to share lip-sync videos. This was what Musically was originally created for and is still one of the top things people love about TikTok.
Moreover, teens are the generation that is fanatically dependant on their phones and use social media as a way to connect with their peers. TikTok has done a great job of creating a fun platform for kids to express themselves and share their daily lives with one another.
There are many other things teens like to do with TikTok beyond posting lip-sync videos. In the next section well discuss some of them.
How to make videos?
You can create a lip-sync video by recording a video then selecting the audio they want to go along with it. Otherwise, you can select the audio track first then record the video. Once you’ve recorded the video you can add a bunch of fun effects to them right in the TikTok app. Filters, stickers, slow-motion, time-lapse; the possibilities seem to be endless with this app. When you’re happy with the video you’ve created you can share it with your followers or publish it on your other social networking channels like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Aside from posting the default video option, you can also post TikTok Duets. TikTok duets are fun, short video clips which allow users to post a side by side video. This allows users to partner up and duet to their favorite tune or even allows you to duet with your self. I’ve seen many parents duet with their children which I think is a perfect fit for this post type.
The TikTok app is a great platform for Teens to interact with their peers. TikTok is jammed packed with so many cool options that it makes it easy for any teen to go from being a spectator to becoming a content creator. This app is highly addictive and can equate to many hours of productivity loss. We hoped you enjoyed our quick overview of the TikTok app. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think of TikTok.