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Interesting facts about Tik-Tok

Updated: Jan 28


A global music and video platform, it was created in 2016 by Chinese internet technology company ByteDance. Tik-Tok is known in China as Douyin. The video-sharing app has 180 million active daily users and the global app has three times that many subscribers. Most of the videos feature lip-syncing, lots of pets especially cats doing fun stuff, lots of pretty girls, many young, and parkour or other thrill-seeking clips among myriad other short clips.

Tik-Tok took over Musical.ly in 2017 and that addition may have helped increase subscribers so that’s good for its bottom line.

But there’s also widespread criticism of Tik-Tok and some of it based on questionable videos, namely ones that feature scantily clad women and girls with creepy looking guys peering in.

Here’s what you need to know about TikTok:


(i) TikTok Features Very Short Videos & Allows Users to Easily Upload & Edit Short Videos Themselves to Share


TikTok describes itself as a “global video community.” And with their making every second count, that’s pretty important as there’s just a quarter of a minute of video to view

“We make it easy for you to watch awesome short videos AND you can also make your own videos by capturing those funny and memorable moments to share with the world. Spice up your videos with our special effects filters, fun stickers, and so much more.”


(ii) With Its Origins in China, TikTok Quickly Became a Global Video-Sharing Platform With 500 Million Active Users

China’s video-sharing app Douyin, known elsewhere in the world as TikTok, reached “500 million monthly active users worldwide and spread to more than 150 countries and regions,” the company reported in June according to Zinhuanet.

The platform that was launched beyond China in the summer of 2017 is reported to be among the top apps in scores of countries, Zinhuanet reported. A market research company it said reported the Tik-Tok app was downloaded 45.8 million times on iTunes in the App Store in the first quarter, making it one of the most popular apps on the iOS platform, according to market researcher Sensor Tower.

Launched in September 2016, Douyin allows users to create short music videos and instantly gained worldwide popularity, especially among young users. The number of daily active users in China exceeds 150 million.

3. Tik-Tok, Number 2 on iTunes in the Photo & Video Category, Took Advantage of the YouTube Crash to Swoop in Tuesday Night. And It’s Seeking Creators Akin to YouTube Content Creators


Available in 36 languages, the app is rated 12+ for mild crude humor, sexual content and nudity, drug references, mature themes and fantasy violence.

The app is free and fast. Tik-Tok took quick advantage of the Great YouTube Crash of 2018′ to seize the opportunity to land more subscribers.

Maybe to attract some whose attention span isn’t a good mix with many YouTubers long videos.

Meanwhile, TikTok is also looking to support people who upload videos in the hopes of video stardom. And monetization, fingers-crossed.


4. TikTok Ads Are Described as Being ‘Creepy’ & ‘Annoying.’ But There’s Already Tik Tok Creators With Tens of Millions of Followers


Ironically, it’s the TikTok ads on YouTube that most aggravate users.

“Some of these ads give me the creeps. Have you seen that one with the grey haired pedo looking guy looking at a girls back and ass and then she flips her hair up and she’s a monstrosity of makeup? That gives me nightmares,” a YouTube user posted on Reddit.

When people on Reddit bothered by the ads asked what exactly is TikTok, this explained:


Creepy maybe, but millions are flocking to the video site to connect with popular users like Loren Gray, the pop performer and YouTuber who was a Teen Choice Award nominee and who recently released her first single on YouTube.


5. Life’s Moving Fast, So Make Every Second Count …With Reaction Videos, Which Appear Both Wildly Unpopular & Wildly Popular

“Loving the new react feature! I love reacting to videos from people on this app! I’m glad that there’s a react feature because we used to have to duet videos to react but now, you can have a box that you can move around.”

“@tiktok please delete this from the… from literally everywhere.”

So the reaction feature is essentially self-explanatory: See a video you think is funny? Record your reaction with voice and narration and then share it. This feature is an opportunity for users to insert themselves into the videos they like.

Reaction to ‘reactions’ was mixed.

“Only 12 year fangirls liked this video.”


“Loving the new react feature! I love reacting to videos from people on this app! I’m glad that there’s a react feature because we used to have to duet videos to react but now, you can have a box that you can move around.”


This post was updated to clarify the origins of TikTok.


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